Joel Matip: 'I am positive & looking forward to the new steps'
"I spent a lot of time over the summer here in Liverpool, at Melwood, to be ready and to get fit.
"They [the staff] did everything with me. I felt, over the summer, quite good and they did a lot of good things, sometimes not easy, things with me but they helped me a lot, of course.
"Every football player wants to be fit, but especially after a season with a few injuries you want this more.
"It’s a long way to go [until the West Ham match], but I try to work on my own fitness and to be ready. You need sometimes the ball to get this feeling back, to know how you move again, to get self-confidence in your own movements.
"This needs some time, but I’m still looking forward to the new steps like playing friendly games. I am quite positive."