Joel Matip, Liverpool defender ultimately decided not to join Cameroon for the African Cup in January. It was earlier reported that the 25-year old player was contemplating on ending his international exile during his talks with Hugo Broos, Cameroon’s Manager.
But Matip finally decided to stay with his team throughout January and remain out of Indomitable Lions squad where his last run was in mid-2014.
This is a big advantage for Jurgen Klopp, Red manager, who is considering Matip as a lead player for his team’s defense.
Matip suffered a defeat while with the Liverpool team during his absence due to an injury at his ankle that coincides with a 4 to 3 lost to Bournemouth during Premier League.
This former Schalke defense player has added intelligence and composure to the back line of the Reds when he joined the team on a free transfer last summer which also serves as part of the 2016’s bargain signings.
Matip has just returned his first-team training, he is determined to regain his position in coach Klopp’s starting lineup afternoon of Sunday to West Ham United.
When he rejoins Dejan Lovre, his regular centre-back partner, Lucas Leiva is likely to drop out.
Only Mane will be absent during the commencing of the Cup of Nations this coming January 14 with the stance of Matip. The winger will not play up to six games.
This comprises a critical second leg League Cup semi-final back home to his previous team, Southampton and Liverpool aiming to attain the final of the contest for the running of second season.
Apparently, Matip’s presence surely will boost their opportunity of victory over the Saints, together with the continuation of their title bid to Premier League, after a slow down at Dean Court early part of December.