The Cameroonian’s return to the first team action may have to wait, as the Reds’ boss wants to ensure he recovers properly from his injury.
According to Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, Joel Matip is close to returning to training.
The former Cameroon international suffered an ankle ligament injury in January in the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
And because of that setback, he was excluded from the rest of the 2020-21 campaign as the Reds handed over their Premier League title to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Nevertheless, the 29-year-old was part of the English top team’s 34-man squad currently preparing for the new season in Austria.
Matip, along with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, took part in the first session of the day on Tuesday as the quartet continued on their way back to the first team.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss gave an injury update to the four players and insisted that the African star would not be rushed with the first team in the training session.
‘No, it’s not them [at the same level as the others], but it is different, ”Klopp told the Liverpool official website.
‘Let’s start with: all four look really good, I must say. Looks really good.
“Now we are constantly in conversation with the medical department, the fitness department, the rehabilitation department about what is right for them today: maybe they should do a little more than the rest of the group, should they do a little less?
“So, especially Virg and Joe, will not have double sessions with the team for the first few days; they have a second session of the day, but it’s with Andreas Schlumberger, with the rehabilitation department, physiotherapy, stuff like that.
‘It’s for these two. [They] looks really good. I do not know exactly when we can take the next steps, but it will definitely happen in the next four weeks – we will get a big step forward.
“Joel looks absolutely fine, he’s probably the closest to normal practice and then we’ll see when we start playing him.”
Matip joined Liverpool in 2016 after representing Bundesliga team Schalke 04 for seven seasons.
The 19-time English champion in the top flight starts on 14 August with an away game against Norwich City.