Jurgen Klopp has joked his Liverpool gamers celebrated Joel Matip’s participant of the month award as wildly as they did successful the Carabao Cup.
The Cameroon defender was rewarded for his glorious kind throughout February with the Premier League accolade, changing into the primary participant from his nation to win it.
Matip performed each minute as Liverpool reignited the title race with 4 wins to squeeze the hole to leaders Manchester Metropolis.
Liverpool’s Joel Matip has received the Premier League Participant of the Month award for February
Matip (left) was in commanding kind as Liverpool reignited the Premier League title race
A profitable month for Klopp’s males was capped by their penalty shoot-out overcome Chelsea to assert the Carabao Cup, in addition to progress within the FA Cup and the Champions League.
And the German revealed the humorous scenes that unfolded when information broke of Matip’s honours.
‘That was nice. Earlier than coaching, we had a gathering, and Thiago Alcantara had put an image within the gamers’ [WhatsApp] group, the place he [Matip] had the trophy in his hand, so I requested “is it true that Joel received?”‘ Klopp stated.
‘It was just like the celebrations after the Carabao Cup, to be sincere! It was actually cool.
‘Joel is a really well-known determine within the group, within the group, and he clearly doesn’t get quite a lot of headlines.
Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp (left) was stuffed with reward for Matip’s shows in latest weeks
Matip additionally helped Liverpool win the Carabao Cup throughout a profitable February for the membership
‘I don’t like particular person prizes for gamers an excessive amount of, but when there was one who ought to have received it, it is smart that it was Joel.
‘Who votes for it? Was it his mum? The Premier League? A panel? I believe I criticised the Premier League fairly ceaselessly, however I’ve to say now; you could have made worse selections!
‘Imagine me, if there’s one individual on this planet who couldn’t care much less if all of us under-rate him, it’s Joel Matip! Truthfully. He doesn’t even realise, most likely.
‘He’s simply blissful to be right here with these boys. He’s a very good individual, however not in there type of issues. He by no means thinks, ‘my God, I ought to have one other standing’ or no matter. Under no circumstances.
Matip (centre) helped Liverpool to 4 wins, with three clear sheets and one aim conceded
Matip was an unlikely scorer in opposition to Leeds, lifting a fragile end past Illan Meslier
‘That’s why everybody was so blissful he received it.’
Matip stood out for extra than simply his defensive qualities and confirmed what he’s able to additional up the pitch.
He caught the attention for 2 items of sensible ahead play, first producing a pointy nutmegged help for Diogo Jota in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Leicester.
Matip then topped that with a surprising solo aim within the Reds’ 6-0 thrashing of Leeds. The 30-year-old went on a surging run into the opposition penalty field earlier than producing a elegant chipped end over goalkeeper Ilian Meslier.
Liverpool proceed their title push with a go to to Brighton on Saturday lunchtime.