Like a new signing – Klopp will have Sturridge-esque monster available vs. Norwich City

Jurgen Klopp says that Joel Matip flourishes the moment he enters the field regardless of how recently he returned from injury.

The Cameroonian has been the talk of Twitter the last few days after clips of him hit social media at the back end of last week.

With the Reds in Austria preparing for the start of the new Premier League season, fans have flocked to sign up to LFCTV and Matip has been like a man possessed.

The club has been uploading daily, with supporters in love with the Inside Training videos coming out and, last week, Matip transformed into a centre-forward as he blew past Ibrahima Konate on two occasions.

While there is no denying that Matip seems to be made of glass at times, he’s very much like Daniel Sturridge in that he needs very little time to return to top form.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Klopp has waxed lyrical about the 6ft5 monster. He said: “I am not sure if we have it on camera, but when Joel scored the goal [in training], Pete Krawietz was standing next to me and said, ‘Good surgery!’ He is in good shape, wow.

UNSPECIFIED, AUSTRIA - JULY 13: Joel Matip and James Milner of Liverpool during a training session on July 13, 2021 in UNSPECIFIED, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, AUSTRIA – JULY 13: Joel Matip and James Milner of Liverpool during a training session on July 13, 2021 in UNSPECIFIED, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“Joel Matip is this kind of player, who flourishes in the moment when he enters the pitch. When [he] is in a game situation – whichever game it is – he is in.

“He missed that very much because he was out for a long time, but as I said before he was the closest of all the four long-term injuries. Trent is now in normal sessions as well and we’ll see what we do with that on Tuesday.”

After missing 22 games due to an injury to his ankle which required surgery, Matip seems to be returning to full fitness and his form will only push the likes of Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez to reach greater heights.

While Anfield Central was previously told that Ibou Konate would come in and start alongside Virgil van Dijk straight away, I wouldn’t be too surprised if Matip started against Norwich City on the first day of the season.

UNSPECIFIED, AUSTRIA - JULY 16: Ibrahima Konate of Liverpool during a training session on July 16, 2021 in UNSPECIFIED, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED, AUSTRIA – JULY 16: Ibrahima Konate of Liverpool during a training session on July 16, 2021 in UNSPECIFIED, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

He is an experienced player with an understanding of Jurgen Klopp’s style of play and the tactical demands involved.

Klopp might make a decision at some point during pre-season that Konate is not yet ready to defend in Liverpool’s incredibly high line which Matip is well accustomed to.

The Cameroonian was sensational next to van Dijk in the Champions League final against Spurs and was not fazed by Harry Kane, Lucas Moura or Son Heung-Min.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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