The 6ft5 Liverpool defender retired from international football in 2015 and once again rejected the chance to join up with the Cameroonian national team for next year’s AFCON tournament.
He said he wanted to focus on his Liverpool career, but the defender has said on multiple occasions that the setup with the Cameroon FA is not ideal.
Matip ‘considering’ Cameroon return
However, legendary African football figure Samuel Eto’o could change that. The former Inter Milan, Barcelona and Chelsea forward has been elected as the president of the country’s FA.
The Liverpool Echo cites ‘African Insider’ as claiming that Matip is ‘considering’ a return to the national team but it will not be for the 2022 AFCON.
Reportedly, “Amongst Eto’o’s key policies are the attempts to raise funding within the sport and also to retain the services of dual-nationals and retired stars, such as Matip.”
What does this mean for Liverpool?
Until the player himself, or the Cameroon FA, confirms his return, it means nothing. The defender is 30 and, unless there is a radical change within the country’s approach, I cannot see Matip returning.
His decision to retire from international football wasn’t reactionary and it doesn’t seem like one he would go back on easily.
While injuries have kept him away from the Liverpool limelight, he has been top quality whenever he has been fit. From the Champions League final to this season’s incredible form, there is no doubting his ability. Returning for Cameroon would place greater stress on his body, which might limit his ability to perform for Liverpool.