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Klopp: The journey of Joel at Liverpool is one that I love

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Jürgen Klopp was beaming from ear to ear after Joel Matip signed a long term deal at the Reds on Friday.

Matip was one of signings from early in Klopp's early days at Liverpool and therefore there is a extra level of pride to see his development at the club.

That was clearly evident as the German spoke to the Official site.

“Joel’s journey at Liverpool is one I love and I am absolutely delighted he has shown his commitment to us by signing this new long-term contract.

“As the team has evolved and become better, so too has Joel.

“I said earlier this year that signing a player of his quality is one of the best, incredible pieces of business we’ve done since I started here – and I think now that’s something everyone can see.

Despite not being a household name in England, Klopp was certain that the Cameroon defender would be up to the task of playing for a club like Liverpool after seeing him at close quarters in Germany.

 

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“ I knew what he was capable of from seeing him up close in the Bundesliga and we were certain he could bring that performance level to us.

“Of course, it is not easy for any player coming to the Premier League, let alone coming to a club the size of Liverpool, so maybe in the beginning there were some questions externally about his consistency. But not anymore.

“Joel has been operating as a world-class centre-half throughout this year and long may it continue.

“I haven’t seen many in his position performing with the consistency and quality he has.

“ Off the pitch, Joel is one of the nicest, most humble guys you could wish to meet, but on it he is a fighter, someone who gives everything to try to help the team get the victory. 

“He has a winner’s mentality.

“He loves what he is doing and for us to have him here for even longer is perfect for us all.”

Klopp is someone who has spoken openly about the squad depth at his disposal and the mentality that runs through it.

He feels very lucky to have such a strong defensive collective.

“Obviously here at Liverpool, we’re very lucky to have not only him, but also Virg, Dejan and Joe in the position. I’m fortunate to be able to pick from such outstanding talent.”

 


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