Jurgen Klopp provides latest Liverpool update on Joel Matip
The Liverpool manager attempts to update Reds supporters on the Joel Matip situation
Jurgen Klopp is hoping Liverpool will get an answer from Fifa on Friday about whether Joel Matip is free to represent his club side.
The Merseyside outfit have been unable to select Matip after Cameroon looked to call up the centre-half to their African Cup of Nations squad.
Liverpool have been left frustrated in their attempts to get an answer from football’s governing body on the defender’s international status.
Matip called time on his international career in 2015 and hasn’t represented the Cameroon national team in the past two years.
The African defender’s unavailability left Liverpool lacking height at the back in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference on Tuesday afternoon ahead of Liverpool’s FA Cup third-round replay against Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday night, Klopp discussed the Matip situation:
“There were not a lot of times in my life I was in a situation like this, actually, not even in a similar situation.
“I don’t want to blame anybody – that’s important – but I think our supporters, for sure, need to or deserve to know about the process we are in.
“In this moment, we are sure – not we only think, we are sure – we did nothing wrong. We are sure Joel Matip did nothing wrong. He didn’t play for Cameroon since 2015, [which] means since he [has been] here, he was not a Cameroon national player. He’s not in the squad of Cameroon in this moment, so he could not play for Cameroon, for sure, because he’s not in the squad.
“But in this moment, we have no 100 per cent guarantee that he could play for us. That’s the situation.
Matip moved to Liverpool in a free transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke 04 in the summer transfer window.