Jurgen Klopp says he never doubted Joel Matip had the quality to be a success at Liverpool.
The Cameroon defender was a low-profile summer arrival on a free transfer after leaving Bundesliga side Schalke, and a foot injury kept him out at the start of the season.
But Klopp has picked Matip to partner Dejan Lovren for three successive games in central defence, a draw at Tottenham and wins over the Premier League’s two most recent champions, Leicester and Chelsea.
Speaking to the press ahead of Liverpool’s EFL Cup tie with Derby, Klopp said: “If you lived and worked in Germany you would have known much more about him. It was pretty clear it would make sense to sign him.
“Tall players like him need physical fitness. He needed to create some physical strength, but there was never a doubt about his quality.”