'Wow': Klopp names the Liverpool player who's blown away club staff in pre-season training
Jurgen Klopp has said on the club’s official website that Joel Matip has really impressed assistant boss Pete Krawietz in pre-season training.
Catching the eye
Matip is just returning to full fitness having missed the back end of last campaign with injury.
The rangy central defender is part of Liverpool’s pre-season training camp in Austria, as the side prepare for the new campaign.
And he scored a wonderful goal in training, where he danced round numerous players before slotting the ball home.
The piece of play may not have typically been associated with a central defender like Matip.
And Klopp admits that Matip has stunned Krawietz after returning at such a high level.
“I am not sure if we have it on camera, but when Joel scored the goal [in training], Pete Krawietz was standing next to me and said, ‘Good surgery!’ He is in good shape, wow,” Klopp said.
“Joel Matip is this kind of player, who flourishes in the moment when he enters the pitch. I think nobody heard him saying a lot of things when he is stood next to the pitch, but when it is a game situation – whichever game it is – he is in.”
Fighting for a place
Matip is likely to need to impress in Liverpool training if he is to earn some game time for next campaign.
The Cameroonian has always proved reliable back-up when he has stepped in, but his fitness record is a huge concern.
Liverpool now have Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk back fit, while they have also brought it Ibrahima Konate.
That means Matip may well be fourth choice as things stand, although if he continues to impress in training then he could yet move up the pecking order before the campaign starts.
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