Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that he "cannot help" people who do not recognise the "quality" of Joel Matip.
The Cameroonian centre-back has formed an effective defensive pairing with Virgil van Dijk since their respective returns from long-term injury woes, playing every minute of the 2021-22 Premier League season so far.
Matip has played his part in clean sheets against Norwich City, Leeds United and Burnley this term, and Klopp believes that the 30-year-old's "incredible" talent is there for all to see.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's game with Crystal Palace, Klopp said: "I cannot help people who don't see the quality of Joel. He's a big boy, a big player.
"He was unlucky with injuries. He's tall and it can look a bit edgy but he's always been incredible for us. We need his quality, we have four or five top-class centre-backs and that is good and necessary."
Matip also played the full 90 minutes of Wednesday's 3-2 Champions League win over AC Milan and has now featured 128 times across all competitions for Liverpool.