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: 17.08.2019
Debut goal: 29.10.2016
Last goal: 04.08.2019
Contract expiry: 2020-06-30
Win ratio: 64.36% W:65 D:23 L:13
Honours: Champions League 2019
LFC league games/goals: 77 / 3
Total LFC games/goals: 101 / 4

Player Profile

Born in Germany to a Cameroonian father and German mother, Joël Matip joined Schakle 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 8th 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. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 77 2 4 17 1 101
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 1 0 0 1 1 3
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Total Opponent
7 Southampton
7 Tottenham
6 Watford
6 Chelsea
6 Leicester City
5 West Ham United
5 Burnley
5 Crystal Palace
4 Manchester City
4 Swansea City
3 Everton
3 WBA
3 Arsenal
3 Bournemouth
3 Porto
3 Manchester United
2 NK Maribor
2 Hoffenheim
2 Bayern Munich
2 Barcelona
2 Newcastle United
2 Hull City
2 Stoke City
2 Huddersfield Town
1 Cardiff City
1 Sunderland
1 Middlesbrough
1 Derby
1 Brighton & Hove Albion
1 Wolves
1 Spartak Moscow
1 Red Star Belgrade
1 Fulham
1 Burton Albion
1 Sevilla
1 Napoli
Total Started/substitutions
89 Started
16 On the bench
12 Substitute
0 Substituted
Total Competition
77 England Premier League
16 Champions League
4 League Cup
2 FA Cup
1 Community Shield
1 European Super Cup
Goals per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 3 0 0 0 1 4
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 0 0 0 0 1 1
A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring
Total Started/substitutions
3 Started
1 Substitute
Total Competition
3 England Premier League
1 Community Shield
Total Goal minute period
2 16-30 minutes
1 31-45 minutes
1 76-90 minutes
Total Open play/Penalty
4 Open play
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