Liverpool centre back Joel Matip produced arguably the finest performance of his Reds career on Wednesday night as Jurgen Klopp’s team overcame German giants Bayern Munich 3-1 at the Allianz Arena to progress to the quarter finals of the Champions League. Yes, he scored an own goal, but it really wasn’t his fault. He had to try and get the ball away otherwise it would have fallen to a Bayern man for a tap in – either way it’s the same result. Putting that one moment aside, though, and it becomes clear that the former Schalke star was in his element back in Germany. He, alongside the always-impressive Virgil van Dijk, absolutely bullied Robert Lewandowski, rendering one of the greatest strikers in world football virtually anonymous. Van Dijk’s influence on Matip has obviously been huge, but credit must still go to the Cameroon international for the way in which he has stepped up in recent months. He has been superb and this game was merely a continuation of that.
Live4Liverpool has rounded up some of the best tweets below.
Wasn’t our best performance but at this stage who cares. Matip had a great game, Mane is a genius.
Quarter finalist 2 seasons in row thanks to Klopp ????
— T.A.P (@TheAnfieldPlug) March 14, 2019
— Arnold_Pekeur_LFC (@preboy123) March 14, 2019
I am really liking the new matip he has really stepped up his performance recently,he should continue playing even if lovren returns
— alphonse thomas (@thomas_alphonse) March 14, 2019
MOTM was Joel Matip for me! Never gets the credit he deserves. Fantastic performance and a hugeee win for the reds!
— Waqzzz (@Waqz8) March 14, 2019
Liverpool had 6 shots on target in Germany, lol Bayern Munich had 1 shot on target at Allianz Arena!!!! ???????????? Thank you very much VVD and Joel Matip, you were exceptional. #YNWA #LFC #uefachampionsleague
— TWINSE, Dlamini (@Lwazneka) March 14, 2019
Not sure how Matip scores so low. Phenomenal last night, despite the OG.
— scott muirhead (@scotty7280) March 14, 2019
Matip nowhere near enough credit over both legs there. Outstanding! #LFC
— Scott. (@ScottyBoyJones_) March 14, 2019
Ronaldo was good, but Matip could also be a contender for the Ballon D'or. He scored a beautiful goal on behalf of Bayern.
— Le Sports Fan (@LeSportsFan1) March 14, 2019
How good was Joel Matip last night ?????
— Sanish Ambekar (@SanishAmbekar) March 14, 2019