Liverpool may not have been able to compete with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City in terms of spending this summer, but they can still be very happy with their business.
It was Jurgen Klopp’s first summer transfer window at the club and the German knew he needed to strengthen his squad to improve on their disappointing eighth-placed finish last time out.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager certainly wasn’t afraid to splash the cash, bringing in Sadio Mane (£35m) and Georginio Wijnaldum (£23m) from Southampton and Newcastle respectively.
While those two signings have settled into the squad immediately and have started to pay back their transfer fee, there is a new arrival that has no fee to pay back at all.
That man is centre-back Joel Matip who was snapped up from Schalke this summer after the club had reached an agreement to bring the Cameroonian on a free transfer last February.
The 25-year-old has already formed a solid relationship with Dejan Lovren and appears to be an extremely canny move from Klopp.
So, with the impending international break and Matip starting to settle into his surroundings at Anfield, we’ve taken a look back at his best five moments on Merseyside so far.
His Premier League debut against Spurs
There aren’t too many Premier League fixtures tougher than away to Spurs. However, Matip looked as though he was playing a Sunday league match rather than making his Premier League debut at White Hart Lane back in August.
Liverpool earned a 1-1 draw with Mauricio Pochettino’s side and Matip was brilliant throughout the 90 minutes marking Harry Kane out of the match. In fact, Kane was eventually substituted after hardly being afforded a kick during the game.
His willingness to surge forward
Something Liverpool fans have noticed instantly from Matip is his willingness to get forward. Whenever the defender wins the ball, he doesn’t hesitate on bringing the ball out of defence. Even after playing a pass, Matip often continues his run and gets into the box.
This was seen on his Liverpool debut against Burton in the EFL Cup. Go to 2:20 in the video to see an example of Matip surging into the opponents penalty area.
His performance against Diego Costa
Costa is the Premier League’s top goalscorer this season and is notoriously difficult to play against. However, Matip did brilliantly against him at Stamford Bridge during Liverpool’s 2-1 victory - although the striker did eventually score.
Just look at some of the crunching tackles Matip put on Costa during the match. That’s exactly how you defend against the dangerous Chelsea man.
His reaction to Klopp after Chelsea win
We all know that Klopp loves giving his players a big man-hug after a win so, after his side had just beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Matip should have seen him coming.
However, the defender may not have been too familiar with Klopp’s celebrations judging by his face when his was greeted by his manager at full-time.
Matip looked shocked by Klopp’s desire to hug him with the German ending up lifting the 6 ft 5 in centre-back from behind.
His desire to improve
With Lovren, Ragnar Klagan, Mamadou Sakho and Joe Gomez at the club, Matip knows he faces competition for places.
However, he knows he needs to improve and aims to do that just - a very admirable attitude.
“I have to be better and I want to be better,” he told the club’s official website.
“Having that quality of player around the squad means that if we have injuries – as we have in the first few weeks of the season – there are enough players of a high calibre to come into the team.
“I am also self-confident enough to say that if I am at a good level, I will play and I will be able to help the team.”
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