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Fans furious: Why the key Player didn’t start for Liverpool?

Liverpool supporters criticize Matip for an unimpressive performance against Bournemouth!

Liverpool produced the first-half performance because their fans had craved as they totally dominated at a raucous Anfield. Sadio Mane’s powerful header and Georginio Wijnaldum’s glorious lob provided a 2-0 half-time cushion.

But supporters on social media were not completely happy with all the players. One man who’s opening-half display was the subject of much criticism was Joel Matip.

Matip’s condition did improve enough for him to come off the bench for Philippe Coutinho but he couldn’t stop Liverpool conceding a late goal in a 2-2 draw.

The centre-back was once again selected as Virgil van Dijk’s partner, but was slammed by many fans for being “atrocious” and a “disaster waiting to happen”. This was perhaps due to one particularly poor clearance and some upfield forays that resulted in Liverpool losing possession.

Virgil Van Dijk

But the giant Cameroonian was nowhere near as bad as his critics made out, and some of his interceptions and ball distribution, including one Steven Gerrard-esque 60-yard pass, was top drawer. Perhaps Matip’s ungainly style goes against him, but some of his critics should give the big man a break.

Some of the best tweets:

https://twitter.com/COnurcann/status/1094255614115631104

Author’s Take

The centre-back had been struggling with a back injury since morning of the match meaning Ragnar Klavan started instead. Matip is the man to come on and not a forward-thinking player. He could have started a match but the back injury


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