The full-back is happy he would not have to face Liverpool’s latest signing Mohamed Salah.
The Egypt international will leave defenders in despair during his first season in England, according to Joël Matip.
The former Chelsea and Roma winger, joined Liverpool last month for a fee of €50 million. The 25-year-old adds to an attacking group of players like Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firminho, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane. A number of players that Matip is glad not to play against.
Speaking to Omnisport, the defender praised Salah.
“Salah already played in England. He has high skills at dribbling, tempo and finishing and he makes defenders despair.Jurgen Klopp rates Pep Guardiola as his greatest rival Andrew Smyth – Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola is the best manager that he’s ever coached against.
There is so much quality in attack, the right pace and it will be hard for our opponents to stop them.”
Joël Matip also elaborated on his stay at Liverpool and the philosophy Jürgen Klopp is trying to establish in their ranks.
“From every player [Klopp wants] fast counter-pressing with direct attacks, but also a clean and structured build-up with specific position-play.
But of course, if we lose the ball, the first step is towards the ball and not back to defend at our box.We are defending very high. It begins with the strikers, who madly run [at] the opponent, putting in many meters and giving their all.
It is hard to describe [Klopp’s aura]. He is very affable and direct, even when it is about issues, he is straight but cordial. If you do something wrong he clearly tells you to do better but he stays affable.”