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Liverpool fans feel Joel Matip’s absence after conceding three vs Red Bull Salzburg

Joel Matip has been a standout performer for Liverpool this season with an average Whoscored rating of 7.62 in the Premier League and his absence was noticeable in the Reds’ first match since his injury, as they conceded three at home to Red Bull Salzburg.

In recent times he has made the position alongside Virgil van Dijk his own, and his man of the match award against Chelsea combined with the praise he has received from fans underlines how well he has been playing.

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Jurgen Klopp has in recent matches shown a preference for the Cameroon international, whom he once described as an “incredible talent”, despite Joe Gomez starting in the first competitive fixture of the season against Norwich at Anfield.

Liverpool have conceded only four goals from the six Premier League games in which Matip and van Dijk have played, yet conceded almost the same amount in one match upon Gomez’s return to the team against Red Bull Salzburg, leading some fans to wish they had the former Schalke man back fit.

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Matip’s absence was noticed by several fans on Wednesday night, and some believe the defensive nightmare would have been avoided with him in the side, as the reactions below show.

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