Players - Joël Matip

Joël Matip
Birthdate: 8 August 1991
Birthplace: Bochum, Germany
Nationality: Cameroon
Other clubs: Schalke 04 (2009-16)
Bought from: Free transfer
Signed for LFC: 01.07.2016
International debut: 03.03.2010 vs. Italy
International caps: 27/1
Liverpool debut: 23.08.2016
Last appearance: 12.09.2020
Debut goal: 29.10.2016
Last goal: 24.08.2019
Contract expiry: 30.06.2024 (signed 18 October 2019)
Win ratio: 64.29% W:72 D:26 L:14
Honours: Champions League 2019, European Super Cup 2019, Premier League 2019/20
League games / goals / assists: 86 / 4 / 0
Total games / goals / assists: 112 / 5 / 1

Player Profile

Born in Germany to a Cameroonian father and German mother, Joël Matip joined Schalke 04's youth system when he was just nine years old. He made his Bundesliga debut in 2009 and was a regular in the second half of that 2009/10 season, scoring three times in twenty appearances. Matip was part of a squad that made the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2010/11, making six appearances. The previous summer he had appeared for Cameroon in the World Cup at the age of just eighteen and was also called up to the squad in 2014. Matip's strength in the air and pace were key reasons why Jurgen Klopp moved to sign him on a pre-contract agreement in February 2016.

He first appeared for the Reds in the opening pre-season game at Tranmere on 8 July. Matip was a regular for his first season with the Reds, but injury and the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk in January 2018 led to him losing out to Dejan Lovren for the remainder of the campaign. Even though Lovren returned from the Word Cup with an injury, Joe Gomez was preferred to partner Van Dijk for the opening five games of 2018-19. Matip did start the sixth, however, scoring in a 3-0 win over Southampton. Appearances were sporadic and he was ruled out of the Christmas period with a fractured collarbone. However, injuries to Gomez and Lovren allowed him to reclaim the centre-back spot in January 2019 and he retained it for the rest of the season. His passing ability and comfortableness in bringing the ball forward out of defence were key factors in this, and in the Champions League final he teed up Divock Origi for the crucial second goal. Matip's excellent performances for Liverpool were rewarded with a new five-year contract in October 2019.

Matip was Van Dijk's partner in the centre of Liverpool defence as the 2019/20 campaign started. A knee injury suffered against Sheffield United on 28 September sidelined him for a month. He returned against Manchester United but suffered an immediate setback and was out for further three months. Matip couldn't reclaim his place from Joe Gomez but was a starter in the goalless draw against Everton when the league resumed after the suspension of season. Matip limped off after a challenge by Richarlison in the second half and missed the final part of the title-winning season. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 86 3 4 18 1 112
2016-2017 29 0 3 0 0 32
2017-2018 25 2 0 8 0 35
2018-2019 22 0 1 8 0 31
2019-2020 9 1 0 2 1 13
2020-2021 1 0 0 0 0 1
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
7 Southampton
7 Chelsea
7 Tottenham
6 Watford
6 Burnley
6 West Ham United
6 Leicester City
5 Crystal Palace
4 Everton
4 Arsenal
4 Manchester City
4 Manchester United
4 Swansea City
3 Newcastle United
3 Bournemouth
3 WBA
3 Porto
2 Napoli
2 Hoffenheim
2 Bayern Munich
2 Barcelona
2 Huddersfield Town
2 Stoke City
2 Hull City
2 NK Maribor
1 Sheffield United
1 Middlesbrough
1 Derby
1 Sunderland
1 Brighton & Hove Albion
1 Cardiff City
1 Leeds United
1 Shrewsbury Town
1 Spartak Moscow
1 Red Star Belgrade
1 Burton Albion
1 Sevilla
1 Wolves
1 Fulham
Total Started/substitutions
98 Started
25 On the bench
14 Substitute
2 Substituted
Total Competition
86 Premier League
17 Champions League
4 League Cup
3 FA Cup
1 Community Shield
1 European Super Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 0 1 5
2016-2017 1 0 0 0 0 1
2017-2018 1 0 0 0 0 1
2018-2019 1 0 0 0 0 1
2019-2020 1 0 0 0 1 2
2020-2021 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Started/substitutions
4 Started
1 Substitute
Total Competition
4 Premier League
1 Community Shield
Total Goal minute period
2 16-30 minutes
2 31-45 minutes
2 46-60 minutes
1 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
5 Open play
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 0 0 0 1 0 1
2016-2017 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017-2018 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018-2019 0 0 0 1 0 1
2019-2020 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020-2021 0 0 0 0 0 0
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Total Opponent
1 Tottenham Hotspur
Total Competition
1 Champions League
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 23.08.2016 Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium League Cup
50 25.11.2017 Chelsea Anfield League
100 14.08.2019 Chelsea Besiktas Park Europe
Milestone Goals
# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 44 29.10.2016 Crystal Palace Selhurst Park League
Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Schalke 04 II 2009-2010 Germany 4 3 1 3 1
Schalke 04 2009-2010 Germany 1 20 3 22 3
Schalke 04 2010-2011 Germany 1 26 0 42 1
Schalke 04 II 2010-2011 Germany 4 1 0 1 0
Schalke 04 2011-2012 Germany 1 30 3 47 5
Schalke 04 2012-2013 Germany 1 32 3 39 3
Schalke 04 2013-2014 Germany 1 31 3 42 4
Schalke 04 2014-2015 Germany 1 21 2 25 3
Schalke 04 2015-2016 Germany 1 34 3 41 4
Total 198 18 262 24