Liverpool’s Joel Matip says he is working extremely hard in order to get to the fitness level required for the Premier League.
Matip’s move to Anfield from Schalke on a free transfer was officially completed on July 1 and this will be his first taste of football outside of Germany, having also previously played for Bochum.
The Cameroon international has received huge credit for his performances in the Bundesliga over the past couple of seasons, but playing in England’s top flight will present a new challenge.
At just 24, there is still a lot of progression the centre-back can make but he admits he needs to get into better shape in order to deal with the intense style of play.
“I am ready for it [English football] but I also have work to do on my body,” he told his club’s official website. “This is another league, so I will have to work on my body to play here and to be physically strong [enough] for the Premier League.
“I decided to do it myself, but I think the coaching staff and manager will help me reach this level and to be fit for the season.”
Liverpool open their 2016/17 campaign with an away trip to Arsenal before playing host to newly-promoted Burnley the week after.