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Liverpool: Klopp must start Joel Matip against Atletico Madrid

Following on from their latest Premier League fixture that saw Liverpool blow a 2-0 lead at home against Brighton & Hove Albion that ended with a 2-2 result, Jurgen Klopp’s side are back in Champions League action on Wednesday with another group clash against Atletico Madrid.

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One player that did not feature in the draw against Brighton that we feel should be in the starting XI to face Diego Simeone’s side in midweek is defender Joel Matip, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £100k-per-week according to Spotrac.

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In the draw against Brighton, Klopp went with Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate as his two centre-backs, with neither being particularly impressive on the day, ultimately conceding twice and failing to hold on to a 2-0 lead they had after 24 minutes.

Specifically, with Konate earning himself one of the lowest overall match ratings of any Liverpool player on the day according to SofaScore, we feel that Matip should replace the Frenchman in midweek to see if he can help the side secure another win in the Champions League.

So far this season, Matip has played in seven of Liverpool’s ten Premier League games and has earned himself an overall season rating of 7.22/20 for his performances according to WhoScored, making him their sixth-highest rated player and highest-rated centre-back.

In Liverpool’s previous game against the La Liga club last month, Matip started alongside Van Dijk and was seriously impressive. He managed to make two clearances, interceptions and tackles each, won seven out of the eight duels he was involved in and racked up a passing accuracy percentage of 95%. That meant he earned himself a solid overall match rating of 7/10 according to SofaScore.

Should Matip start against Atletico?

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This highlights that Matip has shown he has what it takes to go up against Atletico’s attacking stars and frustrate them and prove himself as a solid defensive option, which is what we feel Liverpool need for this game given how they’ve conceded five goals in their previous three Champions League outings.

Moving forward, we think Matip, who has been dubbed as “incredible” by Klopp in the past, should be included in the starting XI in midweek to see if he can help replicate the same sort of defensive performance he put in against the Spanish side last time.

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