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Matip: You just do not walk away from Liverpool


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Joel Matip has given an indication that he is more than happy at Liverpool both on the pitch and off it.


The defender who just turned 32 last month is now in his eighth season at the club and has made 190 appearances in that time.


In the day of age of players switching clubs frequently, Matip has only played for two of them in his career, graduating through the youth ranks at Schalke and playing seven seasons for the German outfit in the Bundesliga before joining the Reds.


The defender has earned a cult following from the fanbase due to the fact that he seems totally unaffected to the glitz and glamour of being a Footballer staying true to himself throughout.


That notable factor along with his marauding runs from deep in defence and general defensive qualities has undoubtedly made him one of the best free transfers in the modern era.


Matip is someone who does not elaborate too much about his own status in a public forum but speaking to Sky Germany this week (per the Echo) , he opens up on how much the club means to him and how settled he is.


It also opens up the possibility of Matip extending his stay after it had been assumed that he would leave at the end of his contract which happens to be at the conclusion of this current campaign.




“Schalke was my youth club - as a Schalke fan it was an absolute honour to play there. I had the opportunity to do that for a long time and here in Liverpool, with these absolute top conditions, you don't just walk away.


“I'm at an age where I don't think so much about the future anymore. I try to make the most of every day and don't look too far ahead. If it was only these two clubs in the end, I would be perfectly happy. But in football, you never know exactly.


“In addition, I also feel incredibly comfortable here in my private life. I think it's desirable not to change clubs all the time. But everyone has to decide for themselves. In any case, I find consistency helpful.


The veteran who has made three league starts this season is impressed by the start that the team has made this season and especially the new additions.


“We are still at the beginning of the season. Of course, we are glad that the results are right. The quality that the new players have brought directly into the team is impressive. Now we are trying to work together to ensure that we can be successful in the long run."


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