Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip has provided an update on how his body is feeling.
Matip suffered a leg injury back in October, which meant that he was not available for selection for just under a month.
However, Matip has been back in action since November. The Cameroon international recently said that his body is “feeling good”.
Matip told the Liverpool Echo: “You have to come back and you try to be back stronger, but of course you always need some time to get back on a good level.
“I am feeling good now and I am looking forward to playing a lot of games.
“The fitness and medical departments always try to improve things. We are working on different things.
“Sometimes you don’t have that much influence on it, but we are working hard to keep every player as fit as possible. This includes me and I hope to be playing as much as possible and to stay fit.”
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It is great to hear that Matip is feeling good about his body. The centre-back has been quite unlucky since signing for Liverpool back in 2016.
Matip has suffered a lot of injuries during his time with the Reds. As a result, he has missed a lot of games.
With both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez currently injured, it is pivotal that Matip is available for selection.
If Matip gets injured again, Liverpool only have one senior centre-back option available in Fabinho.
When Matip has played for Liverpool this season, he has been reasonably solid. The centre-back is averaging a WhoScored player rating of 6.57 in the Premier League this season.
The aforementioned statistic highlights that he is a decent player. But, because of injuries, he has only made 117 appearances for Liverpool in four years.
Matip’s current contract expires in the summer of 2024. With that being the case, hopefully we see more of Matip over the next few years.
Otherwise, if he can’t stay fit, the club might have to move him on. There is no point in having a player on the books that is injury-prone.
Freelance sports journalist and Red from Melbourne.