Sevilla’s Alejandro Pozo (left) and Liverpool’s Ryan Kent vie for the ball during their friendly match on Sunday. Associated Press
Centre back Matip, who has been limited to 13 games in all competitions this season, sustained the injury during Liverpool’s goalless draw with local rivals Everton earlier this month.
The Egypt international, who signed a new five-year deal in 2018, was the top scorer at the club this season with 17 Premier League goals as they secured a 19th top-flight title with seven games to spare.
The disparity of resources between the sides was shown even before kick-off as Burnley boss Sean Dyche could not even fill his bench, while Pep Guardiola was able to make eight changes from a 3-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday.
The Foxes Sport Academy’s Under-14 team and La Liga Valencia’s Under-10 squads made impressive starts as the fifth season of Dubai Sports Council Football Academies Championship kicked off at the weekend at the new Football Centre in Dubai Sports City.
Al Jazira defender Khalifa Al Hammadi put all the speculations to an end by committing his future to his childhood club Al Jazira with a five-year deal.
The third edition of Ride for Zayed, an event held annually to commemorate the memory of late Sheikh Zayed, will take place from Dec.1-6.
The Jebel Ali Racecourse will host their third meeting of the season on Friday, with a Shadwell Farm sponsored 1000m Conditions race for Thoroughbreds the pick of the six-race card. The feature race has attracted a field of 11 runners