After Liverpool Football Club announced they will sign Virgil Van Dijk, bookmakers came with lots of betting offers about the transfer, some of them even asking people if they think his partner will be Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren or Ragnar Klavan.
Even though this looked like a bad move for some FC Liverpool fans, it could actually help the squad, by improving some players level. One of those who could benefit from this transfer is Joel Matip who has a lot to learn from Van Dijk.
Searching For A Partner In FC Liverpool’s Defence
There’s no doubt Van Dijk will be in the first team, so the question Liverpool’s fans ask is who will be his partner in the next season. Obviously, the possible answers are:
- Joel Matip
- Ragnar Klavan
- Dejan Lovren
Judging by their performances, the best choice for Klopp would be to pair Van Dijk with Joel Matip, a player who has great skills and who could improve his performance by playing near the famous defender.
Positive And Negative Aspects Of Van Dijk’s Transfer
The transfer of the famous defender is seen as being both good and bad for Klopp’s squad. Some people see it as a lack of respect for the other defenders who have had a good season and who have great skills, while others are optimistic about it, thinking it will bring great value to the team.
On the other hand, the squad needs a good defender to make sure they are always prepared, no matter the situation. Last year, after Joel Matip injury, both fans and players were a bit worried but if they have strong defenders who can replace one another, this fear will disappear.
Another positive aspect is Van Dijk’s experience which can help the other players evolve. People already imagine a dream team in which the new acquisition plays with Joel Matip in the center back, helping him improve. Some free betting tips websites already advise people to bet on the line-up that includes the two players.
The Coach’s Opinion
Even though Liverpool Football Club spent a fortune on Van Dijk, Jurgen Klopp believes he brings a lot of quality to the team and he told the fans to not think too much about the £75 million transfer fee. Liverpool wanted him last summer but they were only able to bring him aboard in January this year.
With such a huge fee being paid for him, the player became the most expensive defender in the world. When asked what will he bring to the club, Klopp said he will bring quality, as this is exactly why they bought Joel Matip.
The next part of the season will be really interesting, as many teams have strengthened their squads and they are all ready to make a good impression and get more points. We’ll see how Van Dijk will get along with Joel Matip and how much the player will improve after performing near the most expensive defender in the world.
Joel Matip Biography
Joel Matip was born 08.08.1991 year. He is a professional football player, he plays as a centre back for Football Club Liverpool and the Cameroon national football team.
Joel Matip was born in Bochum city (Germany), Joel Matip began his career with SC Weitmar before joining VfL Bochum in 1997. He was playing three years in VfL Bochum team, Joel Matip was scouted by Schalke Football Club.
Joel Matip began his professional debut in 10.2019 Saarbrücken Football Club. Joel Matip made his debut in Bundesliga for Schalke Football Club in 11.2009 year against Bayern Munich Football Club, in that game Joel Matip was subsequently named the best player of the match.
In 03.2010 year, Joel Matip has signed a new contract for three years and six months with a Football Club Schalke.
In 01.2012 year, Schalke Football Club announced that Joel Matip has signed a new contract for two years extension running until 06.30.2016 year.
On 02.23.2013 year, Joel Matip scored both goals as Schalke Football Club recorded an important victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf Football Club, securing the second win for his club in twelve games.
Joel Matip playing for Liverpool Football Club in 2016 year. On 02.15.2016 year, Joel Matip announced signing a new contract for four years agreement to join Liverpool Football Club on a transfer, following the expiration of his new contract with Schalke.
On 01.07.2016 year, Joel Matip officially became a Liverpool Football Club player, he took number 32, Cameron Brannagan was number 32, but he chose number 25.
Joel Matip made his debut for Liverpool Football Club on 08.23.2016 year. He scored his first goal for the club on 29 October.