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Joel Matip is still yet to convince Liverpool fans of his talents

Joel Matip is still yet to convince Liverpool fans of his talents

Now that Liverpool have the world’s most expensive defender in the world in the form of Virgil van Dijk, plenty of fans are of the opinion that it’s about time they sorted out who the Dutchman’s long-term partner at the back would be, with a lot of fans opting against Cameroonian international, Joel Matip.

Matip will be one of three candidates fighting it out to become van Dijk’s full-time partner at the heart of Liverpool’s defence. Dejan Lovren is the man that most fans seem to think will be thrown in for the majority of the season when he’s available, especially seeing as he was used last season for the majority of the time after van Dijk was signed. However, Joe Gomez will also fancy his chances after putting in a solid display against West Ham on Sunday.

The situation that Jurgen Klopp has found himself in is quite a nice one. It’s no secret that Klopp likes both Lovren and Matip and his insistence on using young Gomez is commendable. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him mix up his formation to include three centre-halves, although for now, it looks like he’ll be stick with the more conventional flat four. That’s all well and good for the fans, they’re just desperate to make sure that Matip isn’t a starting centre-back.

You can read the Reds’ verdict on Matip here:

The fans will be keen to see Matip on the bench behind Gomez and Lovren when he returns and might see if he can improve in the domestic cups before seeing him in the Premier League.

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