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Liverpool defender Joel Matip: Premier League unlike anything in the world

Liverpool defender Joel Matip is enjoying his first months in the Premier League.

The former Schalke stopper has quickly settled into English football.

He told liverpoolfc.com: “I have watched a lot of Premier League games and a lot of Liverpool matches and knew that playing in this league was what I wanted to do because there are a lot of big clubs and great players and it was always a good league to see.

“There is so much competition in this league - no other country has the same level of competition. I knew that it would be an honour to play against these players and hopefully it will help make me become a better player.

“Both leagues have a high tempo but I think in the Premier League there are many more situations where there is a greater physicality. That is the most specific difference: needing to use your body more."

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