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
Programme notesVirgil van Dijk on 'insatiable' Mo Salah and support for Joel Matip. Virgil van Dijk uses his column in the matchday programme for Sunday's meeting with Manchester United to acknowledge teammates Mohamed Salah and Joel Matip.
NewsJoel Matip undergoes successful surgery. Liverpool defender Joel Matip has undergone successful surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament injury he sustained earlier this month.
NewsAlexis Mac Allister and Joel Matip injury update. Jürgen Klopp offered an update on the fitness of Alexis Mac Allister and Joel Matip following Liverpool’s 2-0 victory at Sheffield United on Wednesday night.
NewsLFC injury update: Joel Matip, Alisson Becker and Diogo Jota. Liverpool are still waiting to discover the full extent of the injury sustained by Joel Matip during Sunday’s Premier League win over Fulham.
ReviewMan City 1-1 Liverpool: Analysis of the 'outstanding' Alexander-Arnold and Matip. Neil Mellor highlighted the 'outstanding' display of Trent Alexander-Arnold and key blocks from Joel Matip during Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Saturday.