Jurgen Klopp has hailed Joel Matip and expressed how important he is to the team.
Now that Liverpool are without both senior centre-halfs, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Matip will have step up to the leadership role.
Especially since Fabinho continues to face slight niggles with his hamstring as well. When asked if Matip is coming into the peak of his career, Klopp replied, “The best football age! Joel, since he was with us, he is incredible. He was incredible before, that’s why we signed him.
“He is an incredible football player, it’s unbelievable how good he is. Yes, he was unlucky with injuries. Before he arrived here he had no injuries, played for Schalke pretty much through four, five or six years.
“Here, when it starts with one and you have to be lucky from a specific moment, but they were all different. The last injury he had, someone cut his tendon on the toe by swishing, it was in the Everton game last season. Then you are out and it looks like you are vulnerable or whatever, but it’s just something everybody would have had if you are in the situation.
“Now he’s back and hopefully for a long time. If he is in the best moment of his career, I don’t know, but I was really happy with the moment of his career he was in for the last four years. Super player.”
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