Jan Molby explains what happens when Liverpool signing isn’t playing

The Liverpool legend says the Reds struggle without Joel Matip in Jurgen Klopp's side

Liverpool will concede goals without Joel Matip in Jurgen Klopp’s Reds side, according to Jan Molby.

The Cameroon international moved to Liverpool on a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schlake 04 in the summer window.

The Reds struck a deal with the towering centre-half in February ahead of the end of his contract with the Bundesliga side.

Matip has forged a promising partnership with Croatia defender Dejan Lovren after making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in August.

The African defender missed Liverpool’s 4-3 loss to Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium last weekend after Lucas Leiva partnered Lovren at centre-half for the seven-goal thriller.

Former Liverpool midfielder Molby believes the Reds will struggle when Matip is absent from Klopp’s starting line-up in the 2016-17 season.

“The stats tell you that when Joel Matip is not there Liverpool concede a lot more goals,” Molby told The Liverpool Echo.

“Yes it’s one thing seeing with your own eyes how he’s playing but the stats back that up.

“He was a big loss but whether or not it would have made any difference, I don’t know. Lucas is not a centre-half though generally he cruises through games in that position.”

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp signed seven players in the summer transfer window after the Liverpool manager led to Merseyside outfit to an eighth-place finish in his first term at Anfield.

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