The ex Schalke centre back made a move on a free transfer after impressing current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with his performances in the Bundesliga.
Joel Matip’s impact on the club’s defence has been appreciated by experts and fans alike. Even though he missed the initial few weeks because of injury he soon formed a rock solid partnership at the heart of the defence with Croatian Dejan Lovren.
With 1.4 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, 5.3 clearances , 0.7 outfielder blocks per game the stats have been quite impressive in the 10 Premier League games Matip has played so far.
One thing which has been surprising although is the rapid pace at which he has adjusted to life in the Premier League with players from other leagues usually struggling to do so. His comments were, “Why did I settle so quickly? My team-mates helped me from the first day I was here. That support meant I could play my game.”
Matip further told the Liverpool Echo, “There are a lot of nice guys in the squad. We laugh a lot and hopefully we will achieve a lot.
http://gty.im/609481112His comments clearly indicate how much he has benefitted after getting the chance to settle down and work under a manager who does not believe in chopping and changing the squad frequently. Claudio Ranieri was mockingly nicknamed the “tinkerman” in the past because of his belief that changing the squad and tactics constantly is an effective mechanism. Kopites will no doubt be excited about their new signing settling down so quickly and many will be hoping that he can gone to emulate Liverpool legend Sami Hypia.
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