Matip was cleared to play for Liverpool in today’s home defeat to Swansea late on Friday night.
Liverpool had sought confirmation from FIFA that Matip could play after he decided against joining up with Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations.
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It meant he missed Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United last weekend and the 1-0 FA Cup win over Plymouth in midweek.
And Klopp says that, while the 25-year-old was available, the decision came too late for him to change his team plans.
“Yes, of course (it was too late),” Klopp said after the 3-2 defeat to the Swans.
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Joel Matip was not selected to start against Swansea
“We couldn’t (play him). Yesterday night at 8pm (we found out), there was no chance.
“We had three sessions since the last game and we had to focus on the team we could play probably.
“There was no chance for him to start.”