Joel Matip: Liverpool leave out defender as eligibility row continues

Klopp is extremely frustrated by the current stalemate between his club and the Cameroon National Team over Joel Matip.

Liverpool will host Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme's Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Emirates FA Cup fourth round at Anfield after the Reds edged out Plymouth 1-0 in their third round replay on Wednesday night.

Federation Internationale de Football Association ruled that Cameroon were well within their right, which means Matip could face sitting out for up to a month after refusing to answer his country's call.

In 2015, Joel Matip made it abundantly clear that he was retiring from global football, and that he would decline any future call-up.

Fecafoot had previously threatened to take action against the absentees by asking world soccer's governing body FIFA to suspend them from club football for the duration of the tournament.

Klopp requested the matter - a dispute between Matip and Cameroon - be "put on the end" of the press conference in order to first "talk about football" but the subject went on to dominate proceedings.

"We are sure we did nothing wrong".

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Joel Matip was in contention to start against Mourinho's Red Devils in the North-West derby earlier this week. He didn't play for Cameroon since 2015.

It will be the second successive game Matip has missed after he withdrew late from the squad to face Manchester United at the weekend, while he has not played since December 11 altogerther due to an ankle injury. He's been in training for five days and would have been in the squad, 100 percent, maybe on the pitch today, so I don't think it's fair. "That is the situation". Live stream will be on Fox Sports GO and Fox Sports 1 US is to provide live television coverage for the viewers in the United States.

"I accept rules in life but I think they should always be based on human senses".

"It's pretty hard and pretty frustrating, to be honest".

"Yeah, I was at Watford the year they got promoted and was there until January when they were in the Premier League, I was included in the 25-man squad for the Prem but didn't get games", says Smith. "If Fifa open a case - and I don't think they will because we are sure everything is all right - then it would be 7-10 days until we get a decision". From the sports side it would make sense - flawless game for him, but I am not sure if I can.

He told the club's official website: "It's not been an easy week for us".

  • Tabitha Byrd