Saturday 23 September 2017

Timely defensive boost for Liverpool as Joel Matip returns for Hammers clash

Joel Matip, right, in action for Liverpool
Joel Matip, right, in action for Liverpool

Defender Joel Matip is set to give Liverpool a boost by being fit for Sunday's Premier League clash with West Ham at Anfield.

The 25-year-old has been the stand-out performer in the Reds' shaky back-line since joining the club from Schalke this summer.

Liverpool have only once conceded more than a single goal with the Cameroon international in the side and have not lost a game.

Matip sat out Sunday's trip to Bournemouth with an ankle injury and was badly missed as Liverpool threw away a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 and suffer a blow to their title hopes.

But, having returned to training at the end of last week, he was with the squad again on Tuesday at their camp in Barcelona and should be available to Jurgen Klopp this weekend.

The Bournemouth loss took the tally of goals conceded without Matip in the side to 10 from five games.

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