Joel Matip, defender - Liverpool FC
Joel Matip joined Liverpool FC in July 2016 from Schalke and has been declared by Jürgen Klopp as one of the 'best ever signings on a free transfer'.
Klopp closely observed the No.32 while in charge of Borussia Dortmund and earmarked him as a potential recruit shortly before taking over the reins at Anfield.
A central defender more than comfortable with the ball at his feet and not afraid to venture forward, Matip was a hit among supporters during his first season at the club. He opened his goalscoring account for the Reds in October 2016, powerfully heading in at Crystal Palace.
Matip was a prominent figure for Klopp's side in the following campaign, but an untimely thigh issue in April saw him miss out on the 2018 Champions League final.
Date of birth
8 August 1991
ReviewLiverpool 3-1 West Ham: Analysis of rock-solid Matip and praise for Jones and Nunez. Neil Mellor highlighted the performance of Joel Matip as a key factor behind Liverpool’s 3-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday.
News'We want to be 100 per cent and make a winning start in Linz'. Joel Matip has underscored Liverpool’s desire to deliver a successful run in a Europa League campaign that begins in Linz this evening.
ExplainedHow Liverpool's centre-backs are adapting to Trent's hybrid role. Joel Matip has detailed how Liverpool's recent tweak in system adapts his role as a central defender.
Video'Only Superman can save us now!' – Alternative Commentary with Matip and Tsimikas. Joel Matip and Kostas Tsimikas take a look back at Liverpool's 2-1 victory over Southampton on this day last year in the latest episode of Alternative Commentary, presented by Quorn.
ReactionJoel Matip on brilliant header, West Ham comeback and chasing. Joel Matip was delighted to be third time lucky with the emphatic header that secured a 2-1 win for Liverpool at West Ham United.