After much speculation, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Friday that defender Joel Matip will remain with the club in January and not be heading to the African Cup of Nations.
The 25-year-old was not born in Cameroon, but rather in Germany, and therefore has less of a connection to the national team than others may.Matip has been influential to Liverpool’s success so far this season and has adjusted well to the Premier League since his summer move from Schalke.
Liverpool are already set to lose Sadio Mane to the AFCoN tournament as he’ll represent Senegal in Gabon.
“It’s not an easy decision but I want to concentrate on Liverpool. I want to be here,” Matip told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I want to focus on Liverpool and that’s what I had to decide. I think I took the right decision.”
Matip also declared himself fit for Sunday’s match against West Ham, after missing out in last weekend’s 4-3 defeat at Bournemouth.