Liverpool responded to Manchester City’s win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday by beating Cardiff City 2-0.
The Reds are top of the Premier League by two points once again as Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner’s goals saw off a plucky challenge from the relegation-threatened Welsh club.
Jurgen Klopp will now be hoping to a favour from bitter rivals Manchester United, who are next up for City in the league.
The Red Devils travel to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday and will be hoping to bounce back from an awful 4-0 defeat to Everton.
It was by no means an easy game for Liverpool, with Cardiff well organised and resolute at the back.
It was also important for the Reds to be strong themselves at the back, and one man who really caught the eye once again, was Joel Matip.
The Cameroon international was a rock alongside Virgil van Dijk, and looks to have become a major player for Liverpool in their pursuit of the title.
Liverpool fans react
After the game, some Liverpool fans showered praise of the 27-year-old for his efforts in the fact of a spirited Cardiff side:
Joel Matip deserved man of the match been excellent
— John Gibbons (@johngibbonsblog) 21 April 2019
Hasn’t put a foot wrong for weeks. Quietly brilliant.
— Kemlyn Hughes (@David_Gill78) 21 April 2019
So much more aggressive, what a development, brilliant today…
— Jon (@repsun) 21 April 2019
Joel Matip MOTM. Well deserved. We always praise Van Dijk but Matip has been exceptional as well.
— Rukhsar. (@rukhsarahmed786) 21 April 2019
He was boss all day…
— Rohit Dwarak (@zodiac454) 21 April 2019
Joel Matip was superb today. He didn’t put a foot wrong and drove us out when needed in the first half. Sublime display.
— Matt (@FalseFirmino) 21 April 2019
Joel Matip awesome today! 👏🏽 #LFC
— Sam » Esmail (@Sam_Esmail) 21 April 2019
Joel Matip has become an absolute colossus for us
— . (@ThoseScouseLads) 21 April 2019