Simon Mignolet praises Joel Matip after centre-back makes his Premier League debut against Tottenham

The Belgian goalkeeper was full of praise for the latest centre-back to play in front of him.

Simon Mignolet praises Joel Matip after centre-back makes his Premier League debut against Tottenham
Matip pictured on his Premier League debut (photo: Getty Images)

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet reserved plenty of praise for new signing Joel Matip, after the centre-back made his Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

Matip played 90 minutes in the entertaining 1-1 draw, putting in a performance that Mignolet hailed as 'outstanding' when speaking after the game. 

The Cameroon international had to wait until the third game of the season for his first league start after carrying an ankle knock into the opening couple of games, but it was seemingly worth the wait as he impressed against the likes of Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen.

Matip outstanding, says Mignolet

Mignolet revealed that he "thought Joel was outstanding", adding that the defender "stayed calm and did his job really well"

Standing at 6ft 5", Matip is comfortably Liverpool's tallest centre-back, offering the Reds new-found height and presence in defence and going forward at set pieces, something that Mignolet eluded to by saying; "His physical presence makes a big difference. He won his challenges in the air and he used the ball well. Spurs don’t play a lot of long balls but against teams who do he’s going to be very important."

Matip, pictured to the right, gives Liverpool added height at set pieces (photo: AP)
Matip, pictured to the right, gives Liverpool added height at set pieces (photo: AP)

Goalkeeper pleased with additions

Alongside Matip in the Liverpool line up were fellow new signing's Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum, whilst Marko Grujic and Alex Manninger were on the bench.

Speaking about the new additions that Jürgen Klopp has made this summer, Mignolet praised them all for doing what he described as a "really good job" in their first couple of months at the club. He stated that they've "strengthened the squad" and slotted in straight away, as "everyone is working well together"