Joel Matip voiced his relief at not having to play against summer signing Darwin Nunez any longer.
The 30-year-old Uruguayan forward, who scored for Benfica in both of his Champions League matches against Jürgen Klopp’s team in 2021–22, has increased Liverpool’s attacking options for the upcoming season.
At Anfield in April’s 3-3 draw, Matip faced off against the Reds’ new No. 27, who frequently demonstrated the skills he’ll bring to the Premier League.
“He made my life quite hard,” Matip said of Nunez, who made his debut in Tuesday’s friendly with Manchester United in Bangkok. “So I’m really happy that he’s wearing our shirt.
“A lot of quality and I’m looking forward to seeing him scoring goals for us.
“I think it’s a different kind of speciality – physically, speed. And he will score goals, I’m absolutely sure.
“He will just give us an extra power player to really go for everything.”
The club’s summer business also involved signing Joe Gomez to a new, long-term contract at the other end of the field.
Matip responded to the news by saying:
“Over the years he did a brilliant job. He’s a brilliant person and I’m really happy. I’m also happy to have him a few more years alongside me.
“Of course we play for Liverpool and [having competition] should not be different. And with the amount of games we have, we will need everybody.”