Liverpool’s Joel Matip declines African Nations Cup chance with indomitable lions of Cameroon .

Cameroon international Joel Matip .

Matip, who has not played for his country since 2015, spoke in September about his desire to stay at Liverpool during the African Nations Cup, but Cameroon have recently been making efforts to try to convince the 25-year-old to end his international exile.

A source told ESPN FC that the defender held talks with Cameroon coach Hugo Broos last week, with the manager leaving it up to the player to make a final decision.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday morning to preview the game against West Ham United, Klopp revealed that he was pleased his centre-back would be staying with the club this winter.

“We had this talk a few weeks ago,” Klopp said. “I was not surprised anymore. Of course, I’m happy about this — that’s no doubt.

“Players have to make these decisions by themselves, it’s nothing that the clubs can do.

“For Joel, it’s different because he has grown up in Germany and stuff. That’s always different of course and I’ve had a few players like this. He decided this for himself and good for us.”

Cameroon plan on including Matip as part of the preselection of 35 players in the hope of a sudden change of heart. However, they are do not hold much hope, according to a source.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane will be playing for Senegal at the tournament, which takes place in Gabon between between Jan. 14 and Feb. 5.


-ESPN

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