Liverpool’s new centre-half Joel Matip has promised Reds fans a few goals as well as doing his primary job of keeping clean sheets.
Matip, a Cameroon international, is 6ft 4ins and comes from the Bundesliga having spent seven years in Schalke’s first team and will directly address the Reds’ vulnerability from set-pieces.
Boss Jurgen Klopp moved quickly to tie up a deal for the centre-back in January because his contract was due to expire in the summer and it seems likely he will be the German’s go-to guy in the centre of defence.
His arrival was part of the reason Martin Skrtel was allowed to leave for Fenerbahce – and veteran Kolo Toure’s deal was not renewed – and if Matip can succeed where they failed in dominating the penalty area Liverpool will be a much harder nut to crack.
“In the air and on the ground I am good,” said Matip. “I am very good under high balls, especially at corners and set-pieces.
“Leadership is something I will have to grow into but I am also sure I have the ability for that position and from the way I approach the game.
“I am always looking forward and want to play it forward – and I am always good for a few goals.”