People don't half go overboard with our players, one way or the other. They're either brilliant or ****. Matip has been good, especially for a freebie, but he hasn't played enough and has had a few shaky games to be considered a great yet.
Matip is a genius signing from Klopp though considering he was free. I would like to see more signings like that, those pre contracts on good players. If we were to judge a manager by his signings, Matip is a very good one and they way it was done. He wanted to join Klopp when he was at Schalke and did so when his contract ran out.
He could have cost a fair whack, but also he did come here with injury niggles I was reading last summer. But he is young and can overcome that, I hope.
He played every minute in the league last season, missed about half the previous season with a broken foot, but averaged more than 90% in the previous 3. Nothing obvious to be concerned about or overcome I wouldn't have thought.
But thanks for clearing that up. Maybe this season has just been an off one for him concerning injuries.
I wonder if he regrets not going with Cameroon now? He's had a bit of a lame time with LFC - the good people of Cameroon have cursed us.
Has been very poor since coming back, made too many mistakes. If Matip doesn't return to form what chance do we have.
you're right I don't fancy klavan defending against spurs
been pretty prone to mistakes lately. maybe because he's been with lucas,klavan or lovren.
Imagine Skrtel and Lucas as CB's.
we should re-sign Škrtel to partner matip, jokes
great performance from matip, dealt well with de bruyne, sane, augero on that side. hopefully he can be more dangerous from set pieces, if we improve our set piece taker
Matip was boss today.
he's very athletic, and I do enjoy him being in the team, but I'm not sure what everyone else thinks but he's shown a few lapses in concentration/positional sense that I've noticed where he's a few yards away from his player or doesn't look around sometimes until it's too late, that's not cost us as much but imo that's the little difference between being a good defender and top defender
another superb display, great decision making
Whatever anyone says theres not much more you could ask for in a defender, comfortable on the ball, fast, strong, good passer and good in the air, strong tackler.. its the poor quality around him...even a prime Hyppia would struggle to patch up the goals scored against total for us...people forget the great finn had a solid defensive master hamman infront of him , a quality henchoz alongside him then a solid carra alongside him and a good goalkeeper in dudek behind him at the time.
The defensive unit was excellent, we are the opposite now. No one defender can rectify this. The entire defensive unit has to be changed or the style of play change.
At present the problem is our team configuration is not set up to let a defender look good. its so top heavy attacking wise. The defensive side is all wrong. Matips done so well given this issue.
if you play all out attack like we do and on top of that remove a defensive midfielder from your team you will always concede 50 plus goals in this league..thats just how it is.
Spurs have Dembele and Big Wanyama that can play that position infront of the back 4 solidly..who we got ? ..Pensioner Lucas and his wheelchair..
Dont anyone dare say hendo,can,or gini..
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