Reds defender relishing Costa battle

Joel Matip says it is always a fight against the big teams and is ready to go to war for Liverpool when they face Chelsea on Friday.

Liverpool: Reds defender relishing Costa battleLiverpool: Reds defender relishing Costa battle

The Cameroon defender has impressed during the early part of the season for the Reds, starting the last two games against Tottenham and Leicester, and is expected to get the nod at Stamford Bridge.

Matip will face arguably the toughest test of his brief stint at Anfield when he comes up against the in-form Diego Costa, who has previously got himself in hot water for his physical approach when facing Liverpool.

The 25-year-old is not worried about coming up against Costa, claiming he has come out on top plenty of times in the past when facing tough strikers in the Bundesliga with Schalke.

“I don’t think anyone is like Costa. You can play against players who like to make you uncomfortable, but not too many with his size or as famous as him,” he told the Telegraph.

“It is always a fight against these big teams and you have to take on the battle. You have to go in there and fight, there is nothing else. As a defender that is something you like – to go out there and win the ball.

“But I don’t prepare only for Costa. I prepare for the whole team. Maybe he will be my direct adversary and I will study to see how he moves. I have seen a lot of his games. But you can never prepare for one player out of 11.”

Meanwhile, Matip has revealed he will not go with Cameroon to the Africa Cup of Nations this January, revealing he is worried how the extra games and travelling will affect him.

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