Joel Matip: 'A club like Liverpool belongs in the Champions League'

Joel Matip in action for Liverpool on September 20, 2016
© SilverHub
A club of Liverpool's size and history should always be playing in the Champions League, according to centre-back Joel Matip.

Joel Matip has claimed that a club with the size and history of Liverpool's belongs in the Champions League.

The Reds currently sit third in the Premier League table, six points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, albeit having played a game more.

As the race for the top four intensifies, Matip believes that a club of Liverpool's stature should always be competing in Europe's premier club competition.

"Before the season I did not expect something like this, I just wanted to concentrate on the games and I did not have a target," the Reds defender told Sky Sports News. "But now we are in this position, we want to try and keep it and get more and more.

"A club like Liverpool belongs in the Champions League, so we will fight to stay or get there. With all its trophies and history, it is one of the biggest clubs, everybody knows this. Big history, big club.

"Everybody knows something about Liverpool, it speaks for itself, this is Liverpool. It is such a great club with this history. I want to play in the Champions League because then you play against the biggest teams and the biggest players and everybody will enjoy this."

Up next for Jurgen Klopp's charges is Sunday's league trip to West Bromwich Albion.

The Premier League's greatest trio Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino celebrate during the 6-1 win over Watford at Anfield on November 6, 2016
Read Next:
Klopp wants less reliance on Coutinho, Firmino
>



You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea32243565273875
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs32218368224671
3Liverpool34199670422866
4Manchester CityMan City32197663352864
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd321712350242663
6Everton341610860372358
7Arsenal31176863402357
8West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom33128133942-344
9Southampton31117133740-340
10Watford33117153754-1740
11Stoke CityStoke34109153750-1339
12Crystal Palace33115174653-738
13Bournemouth34108164963-1438
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham34108164459-1538
15Leicester CityLeicester32107154153-1237
16Burnley34106183349-1636
17Hull City3496193667-3133
18Swansea CitySwansea3494213968-2931
19Middlesbrough33412172343-2024
20Sunderland3256212658-3221