Liverpool maintained top spot in Group E in the Champions League and are in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages after they beat NK Maribor 3-0 at Anfield on Wednesday night, but Reds fans weren’t impressed with Joel Matip’s performance.
With Dejan Lovren missing out through injury, the Cameroonian centre-back was partnered by Ragnar Klavan at the heart of the defence against the Slovenian outfit, and although the game was goalless at half-time the hosts sprang into life after the break.
Goals from Mohamed Salah, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge wrapped up a comfortable win, but Matip had a couple of nervy moments from a defensive point of view, while he also struggled with his headers in the opposition penalty area.
Liverpool supporters were quick to have their say on his showing via social media, and while some said he is “just as bad as Lovren”, others believe he “has gone sharply down hill” and is “overrated”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Joel matip tonight gets rounded easily twice by a Maribor player then proceeds to blame everyone else! 🙃👍🏻 #LFC
— Darren Bleasdale (@Darren__1996) November 1, 2017
— Sarfraz Usman (@Saf_Usman) November 1, 2017
Matip is just as bad as lorven #LFC
— Kirk Buttle (@mrbuttle9) November 1, 2017
Matip is like a snail today #lfc
— martyn (@martyn1200) November 1, 2017
Concerns 4 me r set pieces, can’t defend them and no threat from them! Matip is not the CB we all thought he was, slow and cumbersome #LFC
— G Dog (@GHL72) November 1, 2017
Been saying it since last season but matip is so poor . His saving grace is that lovren is even worse #LFC
— Daniel Murphy (@DANZOFFICIAL) November 1, 2017
Matip has gone sharply down hill….. #lfc
— Dan (@TheDarkJudge) November 1, 2017
Matip is so overrated #lfc
— JoC (@DickyBirdJo) November 1, 2017
— Gurch Best (@Big_G_aroo) November 1, 2017
Joel Matip’s heading technique is awful #LFC
— John Rogers (@rogersjohn77) November 1, 2017