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Report: 'He's The Complete Centre-Back' - Joel Matip On Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk

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LFCTransferRoom
 2021-10-10

Liverpool's centre-back Joel Matip has spoken about his defensive partner Virgil van Dijk and how they have re-united again for Jurgen Klopp's team.

Working Together And Leadership

The two players who both missed the majority of last season through serious injuries have struck up a formidable partnership at the start of this campaign.

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Matip was full of praise for his the Dutchman when he spoke about him recently.

“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".

“It has been great for me to play alongside Virgil again. It was a long time for him to be out and I am really happy to see him back on the pitch.”

All good teams have to have good relationships on and off the pitch and that is clearly evident with Matip and van Dijk.

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(Photo by PA Images/Sipa USA)

Mutual Admiration

It's clear that his Liverpool teammates and in particular their number four are very fond of the retired Cameroon international. In fact, the love that van Dijk has for the 1.95m defender appears to be growing by the week.

Firstly, back in June, he was pictured shown wearing a T-shirt with his partner's picture on.

There was further love shown in the footage that emerged prior to the squad's photo shoot a few days back as van Dijk walked out at the AXA Training Centre teasing Matip.

LFCTR Verdict

It's clear that there is mutual respect between the two brilliant defenders and that comes out in their relationship both on and off the pitch.

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