Cameroon's Matip bracing up Premier League's Physical Challenge
New Liverpool signing Joel Matip says he will have to work on his fitness because he expects a tough physical challenge in the Premier League.
The Cameroonian joined the Reds on a free transfer from German Bundesliga side Schalke 04 and was unveiled by the club on Saturday.
"I am ready for it [English football] but I also have work to do on my body," Matip told Liverpool’s official website.
"This is another league, so I will have to work on my body to play here and to be physically strong [enough] for the Premier League.
"I decided to do it myself, but I think the coaching staff and manager will help me reach this level and to be fit for the season.
"Of course, the Bundesliga is at a high level. Maybe it's a different level, but it's also a high level and I think I have got enough to play here."
The 24-year-old Indomitable Lions player added that the decision to join up with Jurgen Klopp at Anfield was an easy one.
"There were many points: the coach, the club, the supporters ... everything was good," he said.
"It was a good and simple decision for me. It's a great pleasure and honour to be a part of this big club."