Klopp explains Joel Matip situation with FIFA

Date published: Tuesday 17th January 2017 2:23

Jurgen Klopp says that he is frustrated by Joel Matip’s continued absence from the Liverpool team.

Matip was left out of the Liverpool squad to face Manchester United on Sunday after the club failed to get clearance for FIFA.

Klopp hinted that Matip would also not be available to face Plymouth on Wednesday.

“There was not a lot of times in my life that I was in a situation like this,” Klopp said.

“The thing is, I think, actually, that I really have to try, and it’s important, I don’t want to blame anyone, but our supporters deserve to know about the process we are in.

“The thing is that in this moment, we are sure we have done nothing wrong. Joel Matip did nothing wrong.

“He did not play for Cameroon since 2015. He is not in the squad, but we have no 100% guarantee that he could play for us.

“In the last few days it has been getting more and more busy for everyone involved. I want to pick him tomorrow, but don’t know if I can.

“I accept rules in life, but I think they are based on human senses. For me it is pretty difficult.

“If the result is what we think it would be, and everything is okay, then he didn’t play eight games without doing anything wrong.

“As a human being it’s hard for me.”

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