“We want to take three points” – Joel Matip eyeing up victory over Leicester on Anfield debut

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Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip says he is focussed on helping the Reds pick up all three points against Leicester City when they face the champions on September 10.

The Reds’ next Premier League game comes against the Foxes after the international break, in their first game at Anfield this season.

Work on the new Main Stand has seen Jurgen Klopp‘s side play three consecutive away games, and they have picked up four points against Arsenal, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur.

Speaking at the end of August, Matip explained how he hopes Liverpool can kick on and defeat Leicester in just under a fortnight, and also discussed his Premier League bow against Spurs on Saturday.

“It could have been a little bit better, especially today,” Matip said.

“We were in front for a long time but in the end, we only got one goal. We have to work with this point.

“Three games, four points. Now we play at home and we want to take three points.

“It was very intense but it was nice to play 90 minutes.

“With my injury, the beginning of the season was not so easy for me. But now it’s good to play and it will get better.

“Dejan [Lovren] always covered me and gave me help. I also tried to help him.

“But it was very difficult because it was an intense game. But we can continue and next time maybe we’ll win.”

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 23, 2016: Liverpool's Joel Matip in action against Burton Albion during the Football League Cup 2nd Round match at the Pirelli Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was a very impressive showing from the 25-year-old, who produced a dominant all-round performance against a dangerous Spurs attack.

His aerial presence is something Liverpool have lacked for many years, but he also looks elegant on the ball and calm off it.

Matip will remain with Klopp’s squad on Merseyside throughout the international break after being left out of the Cameroon selection for their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Gambia, following question marks over his motivation.

The early signs are that Matip will be a key player for Liverpool moving forward, however, as Klopp’s men look to turn an adequate start to the campaign into a good one in their first Anfield outing.



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