Liverpool: Matip was Klopp’s hero v Wolves


Liverpool dramatically lost out on the Premier League title after a late Manchester City comeback meant The Reds’ victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers wasn’t enough to lift the trophy.

For periods of the game the crowd at Anfield thought it was possible, but goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson weren’t enough with City failing to drop points.

Although the goal scorers may be the ones who get all of the headlines it was a heroic performance from defender Joel Matip that was the most impressive.

The centre-back has been one of Liverpool’s best players this season and has formed one of the best defensive partnerships alongside Virgil van Dijk. He’s starred in 31 of the 38 league games this season and has been key to their title push.

He was given the highest rating out of anyone of the pitch today by SofaScore at 8.3 and we think it was definitely deserved. He won 83% of all of his duels including every single one of his battles in the air.

Was Matip Liverpool’s best player?

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As well as being aggressive one on one, he was composed when in possession ensuring he made no mistakes that Wolves could capitalise on. His overall pass accuracy percentage was 90%.

He has been described as a “filthy animal” by Football writer Si Steers, and with his contract running until 2024 the club can still rely on the 30-year-old for another couple of seasons.

The former Cameroon international was one of Klopps’ first ever signings as Liverpool manager after joining from German side Schalke on a free transfer in the summer of 2016.

He’s been a key part of their success ever since, but perhaps due to the outstanding quality of their attacking players and his defensive partner van Dijk, he doesn’t receive enough credit from neutrals.

Today was just another example of why he is so important to The Reds, and he has proven time and time again that he is more than capable of performing consistently at the top level.

He was part of Liverpool’s Champions League winning team in 2019 and he will be hoping he can help lead them to another victory in the compeitition when they face Real Madrid in the final next weekend.

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