Matip eyes further improvement in second season

Liverpool defender Joel Matip is determined to keep improving his game as he aims to build on his debut season in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old signed for the Reds from FC Schalke in July of last year and proceeded to make 29 Premier League appearances, scoring one goal.

The Cameroon international, who was born in Germany, enjoyed a promising first campaign in the English top flight and is keen build on what he has learnt thus far.

“I really like to have the ball. It’s one of the nicest things when you’re out on the pitch. I try to do my best: when to look forward, when to create chances or help my teammates in front," he told the club's official website.

“But I am very self-critical as well. I always want to improve myself. You have to work hard and keep trying and learning – that’s the way you get better.

“Before I came here I knew about the Premier League. I saw a lot of games and I had an idea what to expect. So I prepared right from the beginning. Maybe the top teams try to play a bit more, but every team gives everything in this league.

“The ball goes from one end of the pitch to the other, all the time, so you can always be vulnerable if you’re not at your best. You have to concentrate because in every match just one situation can decide it.”