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Klopp furious over Matip uncertainty

SoccerNews in English Premier League 16 Jan 2017

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unhappy with what he considers unfair treatment after defender Joel Matip missed the draw at Manchester United.

Klopp’s side were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday, with Matip missing the Premier League clash.

Liverpool are still seeking clarity over the Cameroonian’s availability after he was left out of the country’s Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Klopp said he needed answers quickly from FIFA over whether the 25-year-old could play.

“Our understanding is Joel is retired from international football – and we, the club, did everything we had to do to make this clear but until now we could not get the response we need to be 100 per cent sure that he can play,” the German said.

“It’s pretty difficult and pretty frustrating, to be honest. He’s been in training for five days and would have been in the squad, 100 per cent, maybe on the pitch today, so I don’t think it’s fair. But we cannot do more and are still waiting on the decision.

“We could not take the risk, but we need to get an answer as quickly as possible because on Wednesday we have the next game and then another game and another game. We cannot wait forever.

“It is public now, we have this problem and we are not the only team with this problem. I think [West Brom head coach] Tony Pulis said a few things about it so I don’t think that it is fair for the fans, for the clubs, for the team-mates and for everything.

“Now we have to wait in this moment and think about the game – and then after the game we will try again to get answers.”

Liverpool, who are third in the Premier League, are away at Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup on Wednesday.

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