‘Matip missed out on winning AFCON so he could lose to Hull’ – Fans react to Liverpool defender’s Cameroon retirement

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The Reds centre-back turned down the opportunity to play for his national team, who lifted the AFCON trophy on Sunday, a day after his club lost

On Saturday, Joel Matip was at the heart of the Liverpool defence as the Reds lost 2-0 to Hull City. A day later, his country lifted their fifth Africa Cup of Nations title.

Matip was nowhere to be seen among the celebrating Indomitable Lions due to his decision to put club over country. During the time Cameroon were at AFCON in Gabon, Liverpool won just one game – an FA Cup replay with Plymouth Argyle.

Cameroon win 2017 AFCON

The centre-back’s decision to retire early from international football caused some hilarious responses on Twitter.


Since moving from Schalke in the summer, Matip has made 15 league appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring one goal. After a hugely disappointing January, the Reds have fallen to fifth, 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.

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