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Loris Karius and Joel Matip excited as Liverpool return to play at Anfield

Liverpool summer signings Loris Karius and Joel Matip cannot wait to experience Anfield for the first time ahead of this weekend's game against Leicester City.

The Reds have had to play their first three Premier League games of the season on the road due to redevelopment work, but on Saturday evening they will make their return in front of over 54,000 spectators as they welcome the champions.

Goalkeeper Karius may have to wait a little while longer to play in front of his home supporters as he recovers from a broken hand, but Matip, who joined on a free transfer from Schalke, is expected to start alongside Dejan Lovren in the heart of the defence.

"I've been waiting the whole preseason to make my first steps at the stadium," Matip told the club's official website. "I think Liverpool is famous for its stadium, for its atmosphere. It will be a great atmosphere and I'll be happy when I can play there.

Joel Matip is set to start the game against Leicester.

"To hear 'You'll Never Walk Alone' for the first time at the stadium will be a special moment and I will enjoy it."

Karius added: "I haven't been there yet, so it's going to be every exciting -- especially now with an even bigger stadium. I can't wait.

"It's going to be a new experience. I've heard all the people telling me about it, but when you experience it yourself it's something different. I can't wait for that."

Meanwhile, Karius, who joined Liverpool from Bundesliga side Mainz for £4.7 million, feels he has settled in well to his new surroundings, partly thanks to supporters who have welcomed him to Merseyside.

Loris Karius is currently out injured with a broken hand.

"People have recognised me at the traffic lights, when I'm having lunch or things like that," the 23-year-old said. "It's really nice to see because they're all just wishing you the best and a good recovery.

"It's nice to hear from people and to know they care about you. It's a very good feeling, especially as I am new to the club and haven't been able to show them that much yet, but they are already supporting me like this.

"It's nice to see they don't forget about you and they stand behind you and want you to come back soon. I think that's very good for any player, not just for me. It helps a lot."

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.


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