Many Liverpool fans on social media heavily criticised defender Joel Matip for his performance during the 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday night.
The 27-year-old centre-back was handed a rare chance to start a game by Jurgen Klopp but by the time the final whistle blew a section of Reds supporters appeared to make it very clear that they didn’t think the manager made the right call.
One Reds fan tweeted that Matip was finished as he was not good enough for the club, while another claimed that they never wanted to see the defender featured for the side again.
It’s no surprise that Matip is being absolutely torn to shreds on social media. Some fans are being rather comical with the way they dish their criticism, the tweet below describing him as a giraffe with no brain is a particular highlight, while others are just plain fed up with him. Matip struggled during the clash with Red Star and look really shaky at the back. While Klopp no doubt wanted to hand the centre-back a chance to impress, he will probably not make that mistake again anytime soon. The centre-back was paired alongside Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Reds’ defence on Tuesday and that partnership has never looked like working. The defensive duo simply don’t complement each others’ style of play and it tends to see both struggle to deliver the performance their ability is capable of. However a poor game for Van Dijk at the moment, sees him make a few mistakes but also standout for the right reasons at times. Whereas a bad game for Matip makes him look more likely to be heading for a career in a lower division rather than one that sees him play Champions League or Premier League football on a regular basis.
Live 4 Liverpool has rounded up some of the best tweets below:
sturridge is finished, lallana is finished, origi is finished, matip is finished, I could go on, not fit or good enough for Liverpool.
— Josh Anderson (@joshanderson933) November 6, 2018
— Dave Rennie (@daverenn1) November 6, 2018
Players to come out with some credit tonight Lovren & Henderson. Matip was awful and looks done plusthis and the Arsenal game showed what Henderson brings to the team. Think Jurgen will be spending the Coutinho money in Jan. Also AOC is a huge miss this season #LFC
— Billy Athletic LFC (@BillyA_LFC) November 6, 2018
— Elliot ?????????? (@SourEnvy) November 6, 2018
No point playing them. Especially together. They offer absolutely nothing.
Midfield sooner rather than later needs Keita & Fabinho in it, got no creativity in there.
Klopp needs to sort this and QUICK. #LFC
— Barry_LFC85 (@BazzaLFC85) November 6, 2018
This result only shows how important Jordan Henserson is. Obviously he's not the creative midfielder we desperately need, we certainly play a lot better with him. Matip and his 50p head are finished. #LFC #REDLIV
— Charlie Evans (@CEvansTweets) November 6, 2018
Sturridge,Mane lallana and Matip
Foolish lads. #LFC
— Richie???? (@Bra_Richiee) November 6, 2018
That is a disgraceful performance!
Trent, Lallana, Matip, Sturridge, Milner & Gini all were terrible today! #LFC
— Anfieldman (@Anfieldman2) November 6, 2018
Joel matip and Adam lallana not good enough for lfc now. Showed in big way tonight. Awful. #lfc
— matty clark (@mattyclark10) November 6, 2018
Lallana useless. Matip is a giraffe without a brain. Mane taking way to much time on the ball. Trent was dreadful. Missing anything? Besides 3 points obviously #LFC
— ?Glen? (@GlenMcC93) November 6, 2018
Its clear. Matip and Lallana should never ever play for Liverpool ever again. #lfc
— Bored ?????? (@boredpunte) November 6, 2018