'It will take a while'- Joel Matip admits what he struggles with at Liverpool
By Danny Wright
Liverpool defender Joel Matip has admitted that he is struggling to get to grasps with the Scouse accent over a year into his spell at Anfield.
Matip, 26, was snapped up by the Reds on a free transfer from Schalke last summer and has been a crucial part of Jurgen Klopp’s defence despite suffering with multiple injury blows.
The Cameroon international is a fitness worry for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester and there’s no doubt that fans will want him back in the squad as soon as possible due to the constant defensive struggles that Liverpool have endured this season.
Now, in a light-hearted interview with NBC Sports, Matip has jokingly admitted that he is still trying to work out what people are saying on Merseyside at times due to the strong accent.
“I am still struggling with most of the dialect,” he said. “The language is not easy but you start talking and you are getting better and better. I am still fighting and when they use the Scouse accent I am always like ‘what!?’ I need one, two, three or maybe four tries to understand it but I am in a good way. Maybe it will take a while to understand the Scouse but I am still happy to be here.”
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Matip is widely seen as Liverpool’s best centre-back option and they clearly missed his presence on Tuesday when they were dumped out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Leicester at the King Power.
He has made eight appearances across all competitions this term, but has seen his side concede an unforgivable amount of goals in that time, which has led to questions being raised about Klopp’s inability to sort out his defensive tactics.
Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan are perhaps in line to start in the centre-back role if Matip is not fit for this weekend’s action, but they will certainly be in a much better place to get a result and a clean sheet with the Cameroonian in their side.