PREMIER - Matip: It has been great for me to play alongside Virgil again
This season, Van Dijk and Matip have been able to re-establish their excellent centre-back combination, with the No.4 returning to the Reds' starting lineup after missing much of 2020-21 due to a knee injury.
"It has been great for me to play alongside Virgil again," Matip said in October's issue of the Liverpool FC magazine. "It was a long time for him to be out and I am really happy to see him back on the pitch.
"He's the complete centre-back. He is calm with the ball and great against the ball. He is a leader when we are playing and we missed him, but now he is back and that is good for us.
Matip also commented on the newly signed Konate
"Ibou is settling in really good. It always takes some time to settle in general and in the defence to get a good connection.
"It needs time before I know how he will react and he will know how I react. We have trained a lot together and it will always need some time next to a new player, but he is already going really well."