Liverpool defender Joel Matip is delighted that Jurgen Klopps philosophy allows him to show off his ball-playing prowess.
The centre-back has become an integral member of Klopps squad since arriving from Schalke at the beginning of the 2016-17 season.
He has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, and often keeps Liverpool fans on their edge of their seats with his mazy runs forward.
And he has admitted that his willingness to carry possession into the final third is something he is happy to do if it helps the team.
“I’m a defender but I really enjoy to have the ball in all situations,” Matip told Liverpoolfc.com .
“We have the ball quite often and I try to help my teammates and try to do something for the team to create something. I really enjoy it. I think it’s not bad if you enjoy the way you play.
“When I was young I tried to play from the back. I think that’s just the way I am, the way I play. Sometimes it helps and I hope that it will help our team.
“Maybe I should not do it every few minutes but I think he [Klopp] trusts me. If I step in and the risk is not too high and I can help the team then it’s helpful.”
Despite his attack-minded play, Matip has only netted three goals in almost three seasons at Liverpool – and he doesnt expect to add many more goals to that tally.
He continued: “I know what I can do and shooting is not my favourite part, so I think it’s better to leave the shooting for some others!
“But maybe one day I will be in a better position and also can score with a shot.”