Joel Matip has revealed that he intends to miss the African Nations Cup with Cameroon in order to...
Joel Matip has revealed that he intends to miss the African Nations Cup with Cameroon in order to focus on the start of his Liverpool career.
Matip, who joined Liverpool in the summer on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke, has not played for his country in over a year but is available for selection at the competition in Gabon between Jan. 14 and Feb. 5.
Cameroon manager Hugo Broos recently expressed his disappointment after the defender did not accept a call-up. But Matip does not want to interrupt his first season in the Premier League and believes the decision will ensure he is in the best shape possible for his new club.
I would say at the moment I will be concentrating on Liverpool," Matip told the Daily Telegraph. "It is a long time until January so you never know, but that is the idea.
I spoke with the Cameroon manager and he was not happy, but I have to do what is right to be 100 percent and make sure I am not injured again, especially at an important time in my career starting at Liverpool.
Liverpool face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Friday with Matip expected to keep his place in the starting XI and come up against their fiery frontman, Diego Costa.