By Emma Sanders
Liverpool defender, Joel Matip has admitted their test against West Brom on Saturday wasn’t one he has been used to and he found it difficult.
The former Schalke man joined the Premier League in the summer when Liverpool opted to bring in the tall, Cameroon centre-back.
Against West Brom, the 25 year-old put in another assured performance as Jurgen Klopp’s men recorded a dominating victory despite the 2-1 scoreline suggesting it was closely contested.
“In Germany there are not too many teams like that, but last year there were a couple of sides who played exactly like this – hitting balls really high. Darmstadt played in a similar way,” Matip told the club’s official website.
“It’s a different type of game then when you play against these teams, but you have to respect the way West Brom play. You have to treat everyone the same way.
“It’s hard to play against a side like West Brom but we won. We know in these kinds of games you have to fight for every ball so we’re happy with the three points.”
Liverpool had to deal with a number of long balls, a tough defensive line and a very defensive-minded set-up from Tony Pulis’ side.
In the Bundesliga, Matip did not experience similar styles of play but he faired well enough against West Brom on Saturday.
The defender has already made seven appearances so far this season and has become an integral part of Klopp’s side, improving their defence dramatically since last season.
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