Liverpool recorded a plucky 2-1 win over Premier League rivals Chelsea on Friday night, with goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson giving the Reds an invaluable three points at Stamford Bridge.
The attacking prowess of Jurgen Klopp’s side has been painstakingly apparent in the early days of the 2016-17 campaign, but it appears that a defensive summer signing is making a big impression with the Anfield fans also.
Joel Matip vs. Chelsea:
95% pass accuracy
100% headers won
3/5 tackles won
4 blocks pic.twitter.com/eZWF6kbraI
— Liverpool GFN (@LiverpoolGFN) September 16, 2016
Joel Matip put in an assured performance at the heart of the visiting side’s rearguard and has looked like a confident and able defender in the early days of his Liverpool career.
Signed from Schalke over the summer on a free transfer, the Cameroon international largely nullified the threat of Diego Costa in West London.
Matip must harbour some blame for the Chelsea goal, given that he slid in on Nemanja Matic when staying on his feet would have been a better option, but all-in-all the African enforcer looked mightily impressive.
Liverpool’s fans have taken to Twitter to share their admiration for the 25-year-old, with the best tweets below.
— Mor (@MorHealy) September 16, 2016
players that impressed me last night were Wijnaldum & Matip and lallana solid all 3. want to see Loris Karius in the goal now #LFC
— Simon Reece (@norskliver) September 17, 2016
Matip was immense… Looking like a great addition BEFORE you even take into consideration his price. #LFC
— Don’t Tread on Red (@TreadyReddy) September 17, 2016
Matip looked excellent last night. Really impressed with his physicality and how comfortable he is on the ball. Plays a good pass too. #LFC
— Luke (@lukewalshdesign) September 17, 2016
— Amrut Atre (@AmrutAtre) September 17, 2016
Watched @LFC game again this morning, very impressed with Joel Matip, calm and composed, what a great bit of business!
— Matt Brown (@YESsoccerMatt) September 17, 2016
— Scott Groom (@ScottCGroom) September 17, 2016
Watched the game again this morning. Whole team where brilliant but I thought Matip & Wijnaldum were immense. Huge win
— KeithB_LFC (@Scouse_LFC) September 17, 2016
Early days but that Joel Matip looks a player. He was also ZERO pounds ? #lfc
— Billy Jones (@billyjones1988) September 17, 2016
— John Henry’s Wallet (@LFC_Moneyman) September 17, 2016
I can see Matip becoming a very important player for #LFC
Give him time & he could be regarded highly as the likes of Carra, Hyypia & Agger
— Dave Steel (@DaveSteel9) September 17, 2016
Tell you who was class last night, Matip. Read the game brilliantly, brought the ball out and had a calm influence on the defence. #LFC
— Craig Donovan (@Craigdono) September 17, 2016
Joel Matip on a free could turn out to be the bargain if the summer. Calm, composed assured and great on the ball #LFC
— Dave Cryer (@The_Referee) September 17, 2016
Some player Joel Matip is going to be! Absolute brick wall #LFC
— YNWA (@kingleeharrison) September 17, 2016
@Musker_LFC Very impressed with Matip. Been crying out for this kind of defender for years.
— Goody (@PG115) September 17, 2016