Some Liverpool supporters have taken to Twitter to praise the returning Joel Matip following an impressive performance for Jurgen Klopp’s side as the Reds wrapped up their 2020/21 pre-season programme in style following an emphatic win.

Liverpool v Blackpool - Pre-Season Friendly - Joel Matip

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 05: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Joel Matip of Liverpool scores for liverpool to make it 1-2 at Anfield on September 05, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Premier League champions welcomed home a familiar face in the form of former Liverpool under-23’s manager Neil Critchley who brought his Blackpool side to Anfield.

Liverpool ran out comfortable 7-2 winners, although there were early alarm bells after the visitors went two goals to the good just after the 30 minute mark.

The Reds quickly made amends to their early demons and it was Matip who inspired a remarkable comeback upon his first match since August after plummeting a header home just before the break.

Liverpool were poetic and on song in the second-half as six goals after the interval followed for Klopp’s team. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino got the hosts up-and-running with two quickfire goals to fire the Reds into the lead for the first time of the afternoon.

Harvey Elliott came off the bench to score his first senior goal for the club after replacing Mohamed Salah on the hour mark before Divock Origi also got on the scoresheet with a cool finish.

Takumi Minamino also continued his fine form in pre-season with yet another goal before Sepp van den Berg netted the seventh from close range.

Liverpool v Blackpool - Pre-Season Friendly

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 05: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) joel matip of Liverpool at Anfield on September 05, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

While many of Liverpool’s English champions earned deserved plaudits following a fitting finale to successful pre-season, Matip came in for special praise and some supporters believe the Cameroonian centre-back has staked a claim to start against Leeds next weekend.

Here are a selection of responses following yet another Matip masterclass for Liverpool..

 

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