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Liverpool defender opens up on spending so much time on the bench – “I’m at an age where I don’t worry so much about the future anymore”

The defender recently spoke to Sky Sports

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There is serious competition in Liverpool’s squad for a place in the starting 11, with some very good players left on the bench regularly.

With Europa League action set to commence this week, many squad players will be hoping to receive more first team opportunities in the group stages of the competition.

Cameroonian defender Joel Matip has until recently found it difficult to make into the starting team since last season.

A recent injury to Ibrahima Konate and a suspension for Virgil van Dijk has made way for Matip and teammate Joe Gomez to start recent games.

Speaking to Sky Germany, Matip has opened up about difficulty in making it into Jurgen Klopp’s starting 11.

“I’m at an age where I don’t worry so much about the future anymore,” said Matip.

“I try to make the most of every day and don’t look too far ahead. If in the end it was just these two clubs, I would be perfectly happy. But in football you never know for sure.

“At a club like Liverpool, competition is part of the game. Of course I’m happy that I managed to hold my own for such a long time. Of course, you have to show something every now and then – otherwise you won’t have the opportunity to stay that long.

“We have so much quality and so many games that you inevitably end up on the bench – that’s normal. And I’m also happy to have such good colleagues in central defence.”



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