Much has rightly been made of the attacking players at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal and the impressive efforts in the final third of the Liverpool team this season.

With Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino showing superb cohesion and devastating incisiveness, the Reds must be adjudged as one of the most dangerous teams in the Premier League.

However, it could well be that a new face at the other end of the pitch is the man that can spearhead the club’s push to get back among English football’s elite.

Joel Matip was signed by the Merseyside club on a free transfer over the summer and already the former Schalke defender is showing all the signs that he can be the defensive leader that the Reds crave.

Calm on the ball, physically dominant and with a solid reading of the game, the Cameroon international has looked a cut above Liverpool’s other centre-half options in his short time in the Premier League.

With attack no longer and issue and plenty of goals in Klopp’s team, if Matip can be the side’s defensive stalwart there are no limits on how far the Merseysiders can go this season.


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