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3rd Jan, 2017 | 2:55pm

AFCON twist: Liverpool club v country row is brewing - BBC journalist

By Emma Sanders

Cameroon are expecting Liverpool star Joel Matip to report for international duty ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) – despite the defender claiming he will not compete.

According to BBC journalist John Bennett, Matip is expected to show up to Cameroon’s training camp on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the tournament.

Bennett announced the news on Twitter and claimed there could be a “club v country row brewing” after a stand-off between Matip and the Cameroon national side.

Matip has not featured for his country since 2014 and has refused to play in the tournament, claiming earlier this month he intends to “concentrate on Liverpool,” as quoted by This Is Anfield.

The competition will run throughout January and February but a number of countries are meeting up this week to begin their preparations.

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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane has already left the squad to join up with Senegal ahead of the competition but Matip is not expected to leave.

According to the BBC, the defender could face a ban from FIFA if he doesn’t show up for international duty and he could potentially miss six games for Liverpool.

Alongside Matip, a number of Cameroon players are refusing to take part and fellow Premier League star Allan Nyom has also opted to remain at West Brom.

The defender has been absent for almost a month after he picked up an ankle injury which has forced him to miss Liverpool’s last five fixtures.

In other Liverpool news, Sadio Mane delivers an apology on Twitter.