Liverpool defender Joel Matip has spoken out on his frustrating time sidelined for the Reds during the squabble with Cameroon over his involvement at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The 25-year-old was left frustrated as the Indomitable Lions called him up for the Gabon tournament - which they eventually won by beating Egypt 2-1 in the final - despite insisting he had retired from international football.
The argument led to FIFA stepping in but only after Jurgen Klopp was unable to use the talented centre-back, leaving Matip exasperated by the situation.
"The beginning was not that easy, I had a few problems with my right foot. But after I came back, getting better and better, I also played," Matip told Football Focus. "We had a good time here at Liverpool, we were successful and it was really nice for me and my teammates.
"The beginning of January was not that easy for me: my other foot, I had problems with my ankle, this took a long time. I hope now that it will get better.
"It was really frustrating and disappointing because I don't understand it," he added. "I couldn't understand it. Now it's solved, now I hope I can help my teammates and the club to where it normally stands."
Cameroon boss Hugo Broos aimed a shot at Matip over the fiasco, hinting that he now regrets his decision not to play for his country.