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Liverpool Handed A Boost As Defensive Star Might Not Play In The African Cup Of Nations

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Very good news for the Liverpool fans. Liverpool defender Joel Matip might not be going to African Cup of Nations. Matip who born to a German mother and a Cameroonian father was signed by the Reds in the last transfer window on a free transfer from Schalke.

Matip has been a regular starter in Liverpool defence. The African Cup Of Nations which will be starting on January 14 will also see another Liverpool player Sadio Mane who was recently signed by Liverpool from Southampton donning Senegal jersey.

“I would say at the moment I will be concentrating on Liverpool,” Matip told the Telegraph.

“It is a long time until January so you never know, but that is the idea.

“Last year I had injury problems. The extra games and travelling were going to make it harder for me. I had to listen to my body and it told me that the international week was the right time to have a break.”

Cameroon manager Hugo Broos seems very unhappy with the player as he claimed that Matip didn’t answer his calls.

“I spoke with the Cameroon manager and he was not happy, but I have to do what is right to be 100% and make sure I am not injured again, especially at an important time in my career starting at Liverpool.”

If things remain same it could be a big boost for Jurgen Klopp’s side who will face Chelsea in a crucial match.

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