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Joel Matip admits he's never heard of the Liverpool legend he's compared with

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When joining a club like Liverpool, players are usually well versed in their history. Though success has been bare recently, they remain one of Europe's most prestigious and romantic clubs.

And when you're compared to a genuine club legend, most would usually take it in their stride and revel in the compliment.

But not Liverpool's Joel Matip, who has admitted that he has never heard of legendary defender Alan Hansen despite earning plaudits for the similarity of his performances with the former Scotland international.

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Matip linked up with the Reds on a free transfer from Bundesliga giants Schalke over the summer, and has settled into Jurgen Klopp's side as though he'd been there for years, and his dominance in the air and comfortable ability with either foot have drawn comparisons with Hansen.

The 25-year-old wasn't even born when Hansen captained the club to their last league title back in the 1989/90 season, but his legacy has seemingly missed Matip's consciousness.

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“I’m sorry, I have to say I haven’t heard of him,” Matip said as per the Daily Mirror.

“But I know this club has won many trophies in the past and has had many great defenders.

“It’s an honour the fans have welcomed me so much and that they appreciate my game play. Knowing I have the supporters behind me is a pleasure.

Cult status

Matip is already enjoying a cult status among supporters, and the man himself has several theories as to why he's had no problems settling into life at a new club , and a new league, as easily as he has.

He believes that he has the perfect temperament for the Premier League and has been working hard on his partnership alongside Dejan Lovren and Nathaniel Clyne.

“I am a calm person. I am not someone who is always shouting on the field. I try to keep my composure." he added.

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“I can’t do it always. Sometimes I can get a bit angry, especially if a decision I want doesn’t go my way!

“But I do try to stay calm on the field. It helps you to make the right decisions.

“I always have Dejan and Clyney (Nathaniel Clyne) either side of me. They give me confidence. I can step out knowing they are behind me.”

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