Joel Matip Backs New Teammate to Terrorise Premier League Defenders Next Season

Monday July 31st, 2017

Liverpool defender Joel Matip has backed Reds new boy Mohamed Salah to shine in the Premier League next season.

The Egyptian attacker couldn't quite cut it at Chelsea, and was eventually moved on to AS Roma. But Jurgen Klopp has decided to bring him back to England, and many believe that he will show true form this time around.

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Matip, who joined the Anfield side last summer, is one of those.

Speaking to Omnisport, as cited by Four Four Two, the Cameroonian said: "Salah already played in England. He has high skills at dribbling, tempo and finishing and he makes defenders despair.

"There is so much quality [in attack], the right pace and it will be hard for our opponents to stop them."

The 25-year-old centre-back made 29 Premier League appearances for the Reds last term, chipping in with a solitary goal. He also opened up on what it's been like working with Klopp.

"From every player [Klopp wants] fast counter-pressing with direct attacks, but also a clean and structured build-up with specific position-play," he explained.

"But of course, if we lose the ball, the first step is towards the ball and not back to defend at our box.

"We are defending very high. It begins with the strikers, who madly run [at] the opponent, putting in many meters and giving their all.

"It is hard to describe [Klopp's aura]. He is very affable and direct, even when it is about issues, he is straight but cordial. If you do something wrong he clearly tells you to do better but he stays affable."

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