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.
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:
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