100% duels won: One Liverpool star was an absolute force vs Wolves

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100% duels won: One Liverpool star was an absolute force vs Wolves

Joel Matip put in a dominant performance in Liverpool vs Wolves on Saturday afternoon. The defender helped the Reds to a 1-0 win at Molineux.

Liverpool didn’t exactly have a fun game vs Wolves on Saturday. Bruno Lage’s side set out to frustrate Europe’s most attacking side and did a remarkably good job of it.

Their 3-4-3 formation nullified everything Liverpool tried to do out wide, limiting them to a few chances all game. Still, the Reds made a meal of things and should have scored far, far earlier than they did.

But that isn’t to take anything away from Wolves. They did a far better job of keeping Liverpool quiet than anyone else has managed in recent months.

Their plan was clear – mute Liverpool and try to nick one on the break. It’s a solid plan and, as results show, the best chance of getting anything against Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Unfortunately for Wolves, they ran into one Liverpool player who didn’t give them an inch.

Joel Matip shines vs Wolves

Joel Matip had about as perfect a game defensively as you can get. You can measure that by the simple fact that he won 100% of his duels.

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Matip went in for three tackles and won them all – no Liverpool player managed to win more against Wolves. He also went up for four defensive headers in the game, winning each. That gave him more successful headers than anyone else in the game and at a 100% success rate to boot.

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Matip also managed an interception and two clearances to keep Wolves at bay.

He was an asset going forward, too. Matip completed more dribbles (3) than anyone else on the pitch – a remarkable stat from a centre-back. No one beat his 92% pass completion, either.

Liverpool had a tight game against Wolves where one moment settled it. Matip was a massive reason for that moment going the Reds’ way as he kept their opponents at bay all game.

A brilliant performance that absolutely deserves as much praise as anyone else.

All stats per Whoscored.

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