Liverpool continued their unbeaten streak in the Premier League over the weekend with a 2-2 draw against Manchester City at Anfield.
Sadio Mane put the Reds ahead in the second half before Phil Foden equalised for the visitors. Then a moment of pure brilliance from Mohamed Salah put Jurgen Klopp’s team in front once again only for a late Kevin De Bruyne strike to rescue a point for the Manchester club.
This result put Liverpool in second place in the Premier League table with 15 points, just one point behind leaders Chelsea heading into the latest international break.
One player that impressed for Liverpool on the day despite conceding twice against City was Joel Matip, a la player currently earning a weekly wage of £100k-per-week per Spotrac.
Since joining the Merseyside club back in the 2016 summer window on a free transfer from German club FC Schalke, the 30-year-old, who is currently valued at £16.2m according to Transfermarkt has made 131 appearances for the Reds across all competitions in which he has managed to chip in with six goals and provide three assists along the way.
So far this season, Matip has played 90 minutes in all of Liverpool’s Champions League and Premier League matches apart from their 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last month, which says to us just how much of an important figure he is for Klopp.
Virgil van Dijk is usually the most formidable member of the Reds’ backline but on this occasion, it was his defensive colleague.
The Cameroon international’s latest appearance for the club against City saw the defender make four interceptions, three tackles, block two shots and make one clearance against Pep Guardiola’s side, which shows just how busy he was in the match. If we line that up alongside Van Dijk, the Dutchman won just one duel in the entire clash.
Comparatively, Matip won all of his three ground duels (100%) and ultimately earned himself an overall match rating of 7.5/10, making Salah the only player to earn a higher rating than Matip according to SofaScore, which just goes to show how impressive he was.
Taking all of this into account, we feel that Matip, who Klopp recently described as being an “incredible player,” should definitely start Liverpool’s next Premier League fixture against Watford after the international break to see if he can replicate the same sort of performance in that game as he did against City.