Joel Matip says he will continue to get better after classy Liverpool debut

Joel Matip is hoping he can build on his Liverpool debut in mid-week as the defender searches for full fitness.

The Cameroon international's pre-season was interrupted by an ankle injury which resulted in him missing out on the first two league games.

He was an unused substitute in both, but made his first competitive appearance for the Reds on Tuesday night - producing an assured performance against Burton Albion in a comforable 5-0 victory.

Matip on getting better

Matip, speaking to after the game, said he was feeling "very good" after coming back from his time out with injury, and believes that his condition is "getting better and better."

"It was not the best time," admitted Matip, who has had his fair share of injuries throughout his career, the defender adding that its "always hard" to get back from injury and not being able to "give your 100 per-cent."

He expressed his delight at being back and able to play again for the team, as he said that it "feels good to be back" and acknowledged that he will "need some time" and that he will "get better."

Matip on his first competitive appearance for the club in mid-week. (Picture: Zimbio)
Matip on his first competitive appearance for the club in mid-week. (Picture: Zimbio)

Liverpool had a comfortable victory over their Championship opponents Burton, with Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino giving Jürgen Klopp's side some much-needed confidence with early goals.

Daniel Sturridge rounded off the with a brace, after an own goal from Tom Naylor, as they eased into the third round of the competition.

Defender on improving results

It was an encouraging team performance, but Matip still believes that there are "things to improve" and that the club has enough quality in their ranks to get better.

This victory was a morale boost for Liverpool after their disappointing Premier League loss against Burnley at Turf Moor, and Matip spoke about how Klopp had prepared them mentally for the Burton game.

"The first thing [he said was] win," Matip revealed, saying that Klopp told them to win in a way that can "convince" the public and the players themselves.

The 25-year-old agreed that it was "not their best game" but the fact that they won, is the "most important thing."

Matip will be hoping to be a regular first-team player for Klopp, with the qualities that he offers being very much what Klopp's system of play needs from defenders.

Being mobile, comfortable with the ball and able to start counter's after winning the ball back quickly from the opposition, Matip has the ingredients to become a key part of the German's side across the season.