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Joel Matip
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Personal information
Date of Birth

8 August 1991

Place of Birth

Bochum, Germany

Height

1.93m (6'4")

Position

Defender

Liverpool statistics
Squad no.

32

Years

2016-

Appearances

33

Goals

1

Job Joël Andre Matip (born 8 August 1991) is a German born Cameroonian international footballer who plays as a defender for Liverpool, signing on a free transfer from Schalke in 2016.

Liverpool careerEdit

After the arrival of Jurgen Klopp at Anfield, there were a lot of rumours concerning Liverpool's defense, which had proved to be very leaky over the past few seasons. Klopp addressed this in his first transfer window, bringing in Steven Caulker on loan. This seemed to be only a temporary fix, and reports said the manager was still keen to improve in the summer.

On 15 February 2016, it was confirmed that Liverpool had agreed a pre-contract with Matip, meaning that the Cameroonian will sign for the club in the summer, after his contract with Schalke has expired.

On 1 July 2016, Matip's move was completed and he was officially registered as a Liverpool player. On the same day, it was announced that Matip was to wear the number 32 shirt for the 2016-17 season, with the number being given up by Cameron Brannagan.

Matip suffered an injury in pre-season, and missed out on the opening two Premier League games of the season. On 23 August 2016 he made his debut, starting and keeping a clean sheet in a 5-0 win at Burton Albion. He made his Premier League debut four days later, putting in an acclaimed performance in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham.

He became a vital part of the Reds' back four, becoming the club's first choice centre-back. On 29 October 2016, Matip scored his first goal for the club, heading in Liverpool's third in from a corner in a 4-2 win at Crystal Palace.

HonoursEdit

IndividualEdit

  • Standard Chartered Player of the Month: 1 (November 2016)

StatsEdit

Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
2016-17 29 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 32 1
Total 29 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 32 1


Liverpool F.C. – current squad
1. Karius • 2. Clyne • 3. Sakho • 5. Wijnaldum • 6. Lovren • 7. Milner • 10. Coutinho • 11. Firmino • 12. Gomez
13. Manninger • 14. Henderson (c) • 15. Sturridge • 16. Grujic • 17. Klavan • 18. Moreno • 19. Mané • 20. Lallana
21. Lucas • 22. Mignolet • 23. Can • 25. Brannagan • 27. Origi • 28. Ings • 32. Matip • 34. Bogdan • 35. Stewart
38. Flanagan • 39. Fulton • 40. Kent • 41. Dunn • 47. Wisdom • 49. Williams • 50. Markovic • 51. L. Jones
52. Ward • 53. Ejaria • 54. Ojo • 56. Randall • 57. Brewster • 58. Woodburn • 66. Alexander-Arnold • 68. Chirivella
MF Allan • FW Awoniyi

Manager: Klopp

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