Liverpool protector Joel Matip has stated it’s excellent to be playing together with Virgil van Dijk once again, who he refers to as the most “complete centre-back” on the planet.
The set have actually been reunited after Matip’s conquering of a variety of injuries and Van Dijk’s healing from knee ligament damage suffered in the Merseyside derby last October.
Commanding efficiencies have actually followed, assisting Liverpool leave to a remarkable start to the season. The Reds are unbeaten in their 7 Premier League getaways up until now, winning 4 of those, and they’re likewise working out in the Champions League – evidenced by their romping 5-1 win at Porto in their latest group video game.
For Matip, he’s been enjoyed reunite with Van Dijk, describing the 30-year-old as the “complete centre-back” in an interview for the October problem of Liverpool’s club publication.
“It has been great for me to play alongside Virgil again,” Matip stated. “It was a long time for him to be out and I am really happy to see him back on the pitch.
“He’s the total centre-back. He is calm with the ball and excellent versus the ball. He is a leader when we are playing and we missed him, now he is back which benefits us.
Matip likewise had favorable words to state about summer season hire Ibrahima Konate, who is settling in to life on Merseyside after a £36m relocation from RB Leipzig throughout the summer season.
He’s began simply when in the Premier League up until now, however Matip states it’s reasonable for the Frenchman to require time to get used to his brand-new environments – including that it’s just a matter of time prior to the chemistry in between any mix of goalkeeper, back 4 and protective midfielder is smooth.
“Ibou is settling in really good. It always takes some time to settle in general and in the defence to get a good connection,” Matip kept in mind. “It needs time before I know how he will react and he will know how I react. We have trained a lot together and it will always need some time next to a new player, but he is already going really well.
“Everybody has the exact same concept of football in how we protect, however obviously everyone responds a bit in a different way so you require to get adjusted. “It depends on the six who are playing because we do not all play the same way so we always have to make some small adaptations.
“But the concept of how we play – and how we protect – constantly remains the exact same. Of course, little adjustments are needed for each gamer due to the fact that every gamer is various.”