Liverpool fans react to Joel Matip display in Leeds win
A number of Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Joel Matip after the Reds beat Leeds United 3-0 on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were one goal away from going to the summit of the Premier League table as they cruised to victory at Elland Road.
Of course, the game was overshadowed by the horrific injury suffered by Harvey Elliott. But the Reds can still reflect on an outstanding performance.
And perhaps no player was more impressive than Matip. He played a key role in the opening goal, driving forward before Mohamed Salah was able to tap home.
And he remained a class act throughout the contest. No player completed a greater number of successful passes than the 30-year-old (Whoscored).
There was another statistic from the game that may also delight Reds fans.
Paolo Maldini famously said that he only ever needed to make a tackle if he had already made a mistake.
Matip did not complete a single successful tackle during the game – only because he did not attempt one. So that tells its own story.
Matip has been sensational in the opening weeks of the season. His partnership with Virgil Van Dijk is looking frightening at times.
‘2nd best defender in the Prem’: Liverpool fans rave about Matip after Leeds win
For many Liverpool fans, the pair are two of the very best centre-backs in the world. And some have insisted that the time has come for Matip – who earns £100,000-a-week at Anfield – to receive the credit he deserves.
With that in mind, here is how some of the Liverpool supporters reacted to his display…
Joel Matip. 2nd best defender in the Prem.
— Mark Ash (@_75mash) September 13, 2021
— 🇩🇪 (@cshaff4) September 13, 2021
Credit due to Matip. Best dribbling CB out there https://t.co/oMLuXCLPcf
— Raghav Mittal (@mittalrag) September 13, 2021
Joel Matip is sublime
— Leon (@NiceswanLeon) September 13, 2021
Matip is top 5 CBs in the world, and he isn’t 5th, 4th or 3rd.
— jus (@LFCjus_) September 13, 2021
Unpopular opinion: Matip is doing better than Virg this season so far
— Tam (@LfcTam) September 12, 2021
Joel Matip is a criminally underrated defender. He should be in the shout for top CB itl, alongside VVD, Dias, Varane, Rudiger, Silva and Maguire.
He is a top quality centreback and on his day outperforms VVD.
— Fod🎣 (@Fodyyy__) September 12, 2021
— Mohammed Kothia (@mkothia94) September 12, 2021
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