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Jurgen Klopp “can’t help people who don’t see the quality of Joel Matip” – popular Liverpool star who has his own meme, took a drug test with “depressed” Lionel Messi and has a petition led by Virgil van Dijk to increase his dribbling on FIFA 22


Joel Matip is quickly turning from cult hero to Liverpool legend.

The popular defender’s five-year stint at Anfield since arriving on a free transfer from Schalke has been dominated by his miserable injury record.

Matip continues to grow in Liverpool
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Matip has missed 95 games for Liverpool since joining in 2016, but he has had one of his longest spells with the team this season.

Since returning from an ankle injury in January that sidelined him for the second half of last season, the 30-year-old has proven to be an influential figure.

Matip is set to make his seventh Premier League start in eight games against Watford today – live on talkSPORT – and finally appears to be getting the recognition his teammates have long felt he deserves.

After the Cameroonian starred in the Reds’ win over AC Milan, Jurgen Klopp said: “Look, I can’t help people who don’t see the quality of Joel Matip.”

Matip had already shown flashes of his quality before this season, in particular for his impulses to the Franz Beckenbauer of the defense.

Jurgen Klopp “can’t help people who don’t see the quality of Joel Matip” – popular Liverpool star who has his own meme, took a drug test with “depressed” Lionel Messi and has a petition led by Virgil van Dijk to increase his dribbling on FIFA 22
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Matip developed his renowned flair for dribbling as he rose through the ranks at Schalke[/caption]

The center-back was encouraged to have confidence in the ball as a youngster by Schalke’s Under-19 coach Norbert Elgert.

The 64-year-old, who was also the mentor of Mesut Ozil and Manuel Neuer, even played Matip for half a season as a forward.

Matip’s ability on the ball led him to make his Schalke debut as a teenager against Bayern Munich in the midfield where he was named man of the match.

And his flair for dribbling has driven many of his teammates, including Virgil van Dijk, baffled by FIFA 22’s low assessment of his skills.

The Dutchman said: “68 dribbles? Kidding on EA Sports? I am launching a petition so that Joel Matip does at least 85 dribbles!

Jurgen Klopp “can’t help people who don’t see the quality of Joel Matip” – popular Liverpool star who has his own meme, took a drug test with “depressed” Lionel Messi and has a petition led by Virgil van Dijk to increase his dribbling on FIFA 22
Virgil van Dijk was not happy with what defensive partner Matip got on FIFA 22
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Van Dijk, like many Liverpool fans, was as much in love with Matip for his personality as he was for his defense on the pitch.

Matip was loved by Reds fans for his role in the club’s incredible 4-0 win against Barcelona in 2019.

The center-back hilariously later revealed that he ended up spending more time following Lionel Messi that night than he expected after the game.

He told 11Freunde: “When I walked into the doping test room there was a guy sitting there quite depressed – Lionel Messi.

“You know each other from the field, but it’s not like you sit with them every day in a small room like you are drinking coffee.

“Everyone is partying and I’m sitting in a booth with Messi.”

Jurgen Klopp “can’t help people who don’t see the quality of Joel Matip” – popular Liverpool star who has his own meme, took a drug test with “depressed” Lionel Messi and has a petition led by Virgil van Dijk to increase his dribbling on FIFA 22
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Matip was forced to undergo a drug test alongside Messi after knocking Barcelona out of Europe[/caption]

Matip is the only Liverpool player without a public Twitter or Instagram account, but he arguably has the club’s biggest social media presence.

A month after one of his best matches at Anfield against Barcelona, ​​a page was created titled “No Context Joel Matip”, which posts his best moments.

The account, which counts Van Dijk and Allisson among its 90,000 subscribers, is also frequently shared on the Liverpool players’ WhatsApp group.

Van Dijk, who Alex Oxlade-Chamberlan dubbed “the main instigator”, even played a prank on Matip by wearing one of the custom t-shirts from the page his teammates faced in a photoshoot. club this summer.

“No Context Joel Matip” posts have included everything from the defender’s dance to his frustration with refereeing decisions.

Jurgen Klopp “can’t help people who don’t see the quality of Joel Matip” – popular Liverpool star who has his own meme, took a drug test with “depressed” Lionel Messi and has a petition led by Virgil van Dijk to increase his dribbling on FIFA 22
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Van Dijk is one of Matip’s biggest supporters[/caption]

The man himself told Liverpool.com in 2019: “It’s funny and I think I make a lot of people laugh so it’s not too bad.

“I can laugh at myself, it’s absolutely not a problem. I look at that and I say, ‘Ah, that’s pretty funny’.

Few would have expected Matip to prove to be one of Liverpool’s most popular players, let alone an assist in a Champions League final when he joined a defense made up of Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan.

Matip told The Times: “If you want to surprise people, you better do it in a positive way. »Cult hero? “It’s not the worst thing I’ve heard.”

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