Joel Matip has proved his worth so far this season and as Chris Bascombe points out, he is outstripping the rest of the league’s new centre backs.
When Liverpool signed Joel Matip, for free, there was very little talk about him and more speculation about the prospects of Manchester United’s centre back Eric Bailly, who signed for a fee reported to be in the region of £30 million.
There was even less hype surrounding Matip when he suffered a recurrence of an injury that plagued him in his time at Schalke. Then, Manchester City bought John Stones for £48 million and Chelsea re-signed David Luiz for £34 million, not to mention Arsenal spending £35 million on Shkodran Mustafi. With Liverpool’s rivals all spending big on central defenders, the attention was very much away from Matip.
To paraphrase Chris Bascombe of the Telegraph (it would be too long to not do so), Joel Matip would have cost Liverpool £45 million if he was English and his performances this season have justified such a price tag.
Bascombe highlights Matip’s aggressive and indifferent handling of Diego Costa and Zlatan Ibrahimovic as testaments to his pedigree as a Premier League defender. Before Liverpool played Chelsea Matip, Matip told The Telegraph, “If an opponent tries to talk to me during the game, really, I don’t give a f**k.”
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Matip’s fiery attitude towards dealing with defenders shows just how capable he is to play in the Premier League and has backed his words up with quality defensive displays. Jurgen Klopp has found a real gem and didn’t have to pay a single pound in order to get him.
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