Klopp: Matip one of my ‘best pieces of business’

Joe Williams
Jurgen Klopp Joel Matip Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp thinks the signing of Joel Matip is “one of best pieces of business” he has done since joining Liverpool.

The Cameroon international swapped Bundesliga side Schalke for the Reds in 2016 on a free transfer and took a while to settle in at Anfield.

Matip was the unlikeliest of heroes in a phenomenal Liverpool season last term, starting it as perhaps the fourth-choice centre-half but ending it as part of a wonderful defence alongside Virgil van Dijk.

And he has now become an integral member of the Liverpool side that has won six out of six Premier League matches so far this term, starting five games.

When asked about Matip’s maturity, Klopp said: “That’s what happens with footballers, with human beings, they grow.”

Klopp added: With the challenges you have, you grow. Joel was always an incredible talent. He was 18 playing for Schalke, that’s not easy.

“In a world of big transfer fees, signing Joel on free transfer was incredible, one of best pieces of business we did.”