Liverpool player pulls out of AFCON, despite talks with national team coach

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After it seemed as though Joel Matip would accept Hugo Broos’ invitation to go to the African Cup of Nations, reports indicate that the Cameroonian will not be leaving the club in January.

Sadio Mane is heading to Gabon next month to join up with his country and take part in the AFCON. The Senegal attacker is a crucial part of Liverpool’s attack, which has plundered 35 goals in 14 Premier League games this season.

On Tuesday, the Metro reported that there was doubt surrounding Joel Matip’s decision to snub Cameroon in favour of playing for Liverpool. Hugo Broos, Cameroon’s manager, was reported to be in talks with Matip in an attempt to persuade him to play for his country at the AFCON.

In a fortunate turn of events for those connected with Liverpool, the Times‘ Paul Joyce reports that Joel Matip rejected Cameroon once again and will not be departing at the beginning of the New Year.

It’s just as well that Matip isn’t leaving because with Dejan Lovren being entirely unreliable and Liverpool’s lack of backup, Jurgen Klopp would have had a defensive crisis very similar to what he had last season when almost all of his first choice defenders were injured.

Matip has returned to training after missing Liverpool’s embarrassing loss to Bournemouth and is in contention to start at the weekend against West Ham. Lucas Leiva will be the one to drop to bench as Klopp looks to get his side back to winning ways.

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