Liverpool fans react to Joel Matip display vs Manchester City
A number of Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Joel Matip after the defender’s display against Manchester City on Sunday.
The Reds and Pep Guardiola’s men played out a classic at Anfield, with a pulsating game ending 2-2.
Unfortunately for Matip, it was his deflection that took Kevin De Bruyne’s attempt past Alisson for City’s equaliser with nine minutes remaining.
It was a particularly cruel moment as, up until that moment, Matip had been outstanding. For many Liverpool fans, he was their best defender on the day.
The 30-year-old has made a superb start to the campaign. He is becoming known for his bursts out of defence that quite often end with the centre-back in the final third of the pitch.
And he was once again able to drive Liverpool up the pitch on Sunday.
Only Virgil Van Dijk completed more passes than Matip, who found a teammate 81 times during the contest (Whoscored).
Meanwhile, he won three challenges. Again, one teammate bettered that tally, with Mohamed Salah winning four.
But he did make more interceptions than any other player, winning four during the contest.
Understandably, Salah is receiving the plaudits from most. The Egyptian scored another stunning goal for the home side on a day when Liverpool paid a superb tribute to one of their greatest.
But Matip has been lauded for his contribution to the performance. Some have insisted that he has been their best defender all season.
‘Excellent’: Liverpool fans laud Joel Matip after Manchester City draw
And many feel that he continues to go under the radar with his form this term. He does appear to have enjoyed a superb run alongside Van Dijk.
With that in mind, here is what some of the Liverpool fans made of Matip’s display…
Mo Salah was MOTM, but Matip should’ve definitely been included as a nominee. In addition to solid defending, his ball distribution and penetration, especially in the first half (when LIV was struggling offensively) was excellent.
— L (@Reform3d) October 4, 2021
Also what is another worrying thing is last 2 Prem games shipping 5 goals isn’t good enough.
VVD & Matip need to get that defence back on point or Klopp needs to start playing Konaté abit more. Even though Matip was our best defender today.
— Ukoko I ⚽️ Liverpool Forever🔴🔴🔴🔴🔴 (@ukokospeaks) October 3, 2021
Matip was brilliant today. Vvd still needs time
— Haroon Mughal (@IAmHaroonMughal) October 3, 2021
Joel Matip is underrated.
— KloppBoy (@KloppBoy) October 3, 2021
Matip has been better than Vvd all season
— lfckrish (@krishdatwani) October 3, 2021
Every single one of our attacks on the MOD2 highlights was started by Matip. His distribution was unreal today
— Devan (@RB_07FtboI) October 3, 2021
Phenomenal again today. pic.twitter.com/3m1ZheVhUi
— Miki (@Miki_Nemeth) October 3, 2021
Joel Matip is a wonderful footballer- pass it on!
— Adam Lavender (@Ad_Lavender) October 3, 2021
Matip is the most underrated CB in the world
— Mase (@MaseFN_) October 3, 2021
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