Why Joel Matip is hungrier than ever for more success

NewsWhy Joel Matip is hungrier than ever for more success

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Eight seasons into his Liverpool career, Joel Matip retains the same determination to show his quality on a daily basis.

The centre-half was Jürgen Klopp's second signing as Reds manager and remains a much-relied-upon figure in his squad.

Matip is edging close to a double century of appearances for the club but still carries the same hunger to prove his worth from when he arrived on a free transfer from Schalke in 2016.

The No.32 recently told the matchday programme: "This is my eighth season at Liverpool and I have always tried to be the best that I could be for the team.

"If I'm needed, I want to be there and I want to show my quality. The manager has tried to adapt our style during my time here.

"It's not the same football we played six or seven years ago, so he's adapting but he's still trying to do it his way and I think this is working quite well."

Matip has claimed six medals – in the Champions League, Premier League, UEFA Super Cup, Emirates FA Cup, Carabao Cup and FA Community Shield – during his time on Merseyside.

He's hunting for more trophies in the 2023-24 campaign and striving for perfection from himself and the team in the quest to lift silverware.

"We have four competitions ahead of us and we want to be as successful as possible in all of them," he said.

"We want to go for everything but what it will be at the end, nobody knows. Our focus is just on our next game and working hard to do as well as possible in it.

"Points-wise, our start to the season is not too bad but performances-wise over the 90-plus minutes we've not been completely where we want to be.

"At the end we have often turned it around and it's good to know that we still have the quality to do that. As a defender, though, I hope that we can keep some clean sheets and still win the games."

The arrivals of Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch have helped Liverpool get off to their encouraging start to the season.

Matip has been hugely impressed by what he's seen from the quartet in red shirts so quickly into their Anfield spells.

He assessed: "All of the new players have settled in well.

"Dom and Macca have played almost the whole time and they have done it brilliantly. You can see that both playing with the ball and also against the ball their adaptation has been great.

"OK, they did that in their old clubs too, but they have never looked like they're really new here.

"Wataru and Ryan came in later but have already shown that they can help us too.

"All the new players have done brilliantly so far and I am really looking forward to seeing them playing."

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