'I'm serious': Some Liverpool fans urge Klopp to try 30-year-old out in a totally new position
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'I'm serious': Some Liverpool fans urge Klopp to try 30-year-old out in a totally new position

Joel Matip was Liverpool’s best player against Arsenal. Okay, that wasn’t saying much – most of the players were poor. But the 30-year-old’s willingness to carry the ball forward to start attacks was pretty much the only bright spot of a dismal showing from Jurgen Klopp’s team.

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This isn’t something new from Matip. The rangy centre-back’s marauding runs are well known to fans. He even has an iconic assist to his name. His cushioned lay-off was lashed in by Divock Origi to win Liverpool the Champions League in 2019.

Matip in midfield?

Liverpool fans, frustrated with their midfield’s inability to create anything themselves, are now urging Klopp to give Matip a run out further up the pitch.


You can certainly see where they’re coming from. The Cameroonian has a real knack for slaloming past players with the ball at his feet. There were countless times during the match last night where he was far further forward than any of the midfield.

Underrated outside of Anfield

Matip’s ability to run with the ball at his feet seems to be something of an inside joke within the Liverpool squad. When giving his centre-back partner his annual FIFA rating from EA Sports, Virgil Van Dijk was staggered at Matip’s low dribbling score.

“’68 dribbling? Are you kidding EA Sports?’ he said. ‘I’m starting a petition to have Joel Matip with 85 dribbling at least!’, Van Dijk joked.

That seems to sum up how Matip is seen by the wider footballing world. He is amazingly underrated by those who don’t watch him every week.

Thankfully, Liverpool fans know his value. Behind Van Dijk he is comfortably Liverpool’s best centre-back. The fact remains though that it shouldn’t be down to him to break down packed opposition defences. Klopp needs to find a way of squeezing more creativity from his midfield.

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