‘No reason why he should not play’ – Joel Matip’s selfless admission about Ibou Konate’s form for Liverpool

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Joel Matip is beloved by Liverpool fans because he’s such a great player and a brilliant man as well.

Speaking with Sky Sports ahead of the Merseyside derby, the 30-year-old was full of praise for one of his teammates: “It’s great for me personally to be fit and be able to play and I’m looking forward to staying fit and help the team and maybe be there to challenge.

“Ibra [Konate] did it great, so no reason why he should not play also too, especially with my history of injuries, it also fitted quite good with my situation.

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“It is easier for me as I did not have a big injury and I kept on going, we are just in a great shape as a team and everyone can perform for themselves, which is better, and we are just in a good shape right now and you see this for all my team-mates.”

What a vote of confidence for Ibou Konate to hear that from a senior player in the squad, who also plays in the same position.

Our No.32’s Anfield career has been plagued by injury but this campaign has been a different story and he’s managed to play 37 games this season already, the best in his six years on Merseyside.

For the Frenchman to be in a team with Virgil van Dijk and the rest of our talented defenders, it will only benefit him further down the line.

We’re lucky to have four phenomenally talented centre-halves in our squad.

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