Joel Matip has backed himself to prove a success in the Premier League after underlining his delight at arriving at Liverpool from boyhood club Schalke.
Matip, 24, signed for Jurgen Klopp’s men in February before officially joining the club at the start of the month, with Jurgen Klopp claiming his free transfer arrival has ‘saved the club millions’.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the 27-times capped Cameroon defender says he already feels at home at Liverpool and is ready to prove himself an astute signing for Klopp’s side.
“That’s why I came here. I want to play against the best to become better. That was my thinking and my choice and I’m really looking forward to it,” Matip said.
“There’s pressure but I want that – it’s the reason why I came here. I think I am good enough and I’ll show this.
“Leadership is something I will have to grow into but I am also sure I have the ability for that position and from the way I approach the game.
“My plus points? I am very good under high balls, especially at corners and set-pieces.
“The Premier League is much more physical and I will have to adapt a little bit because the style of play is a little different. But I have enough self confidence to say that I am good enough for it.”
Matip on Schalke exit
Matip has featured in Liverpool’s pre-season friendly wins over Tranmere Rovers and Fleetwood Town.
The Germany-born defender said he had no doubt over his decision to leave boyhood club Schalke.
“I’m settling in really good,” Matip said. “People have been really nice to me and it’s been a huge new experience. I am very happy to be here.
“I had 16 years at Schalke. It was my hometown club, I grew up there my whole life and it was a big decision to leave. It wasn’t easy to leave there. But it was an easy decision to decide to join Liverpool.
“When I was a child I wanted to play in the Premier League and Liverpool was a great and famous club that everybody knows so it was a great honour to be playing for them.