Earned his spot: Liverpool fans discuss in-form defender Joel Matip

Injuries to Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren at different stages of this season have seen Joel Matip benefit immensely to form a strong partnership with Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence.

Matip found it very, very difficult to secure regular minutes in the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign, but he has been more in favour in recent months.

He is not a regular in the starting XI by default and his run in the side of late has emerged by virtue of necessity more than anything, but the impeccable form he has showcased hints that Gomez will have a tough time forcing his way back into Klopp’s first choice XI.

And along with a number of others in a red shirt, Matip was outstanding in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night.

The Liverpool fans have been on social media discussing the 27-year-old’s future at the club, and it has thrown up an interesting debate.

Indeed, whilst there are those who feel that Matip – valued at £18m by Transfermarkt – has more than earned his position in the squad, others believe that the Reds still need to strengthen defensively when this summer’s transfer window opens for business.

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A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: