It’s been so far so good for Liverpool this season as Klopp’s side have stormed to the top of the Premier League.
Aside from Leicester City, Liverpool haven’t had to face a very tough side, the Reds have blown away the other three remaining sides and so far look like the best team in the club.
With their devastating front three, dynamic midfield and now a very solid back five, Liverpool arguably have one of the best starting XI’s in Europe. While there’s no surprise how well the front three have been playing, what’s been a worrying change to Liverpool this season has been how good they’ve been at the back.
With Joe Gomez now playing alongside Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Klopp’s defence, Liverpool now have a solid base and one that looks set to keep Joel Matip out.
Joining Liverpool on a free transfer following the expiration of his contract in 2016, Matip made an instant impact on Klopp’s side and became the starting centre back for the club alongside Dejan Lovren.
A solid defender, who’s good enough with the ball, bringing in Matip on a free was a shrewd piece of business from the club.
After leaving Schalke 04 after joining the club at the age of nine, Matip quietly became one of the better defenders in the Bundesliga. When he joined the Merseyside club, he showed why he was one of the better defenders as he made 29 appearances in the league in his first season and 25 last year.
With the return of Joe Gomez and Matip picking up an injury over the summer, the Englishman has emerged as not only Klopp’s first-choice but also a potential star defender. At 21, Gomez is six years younger than the Cameroonian international and it seems that Matip’s place is now as a backup.
Unfortunately for Matip, Liverpool now have two class defenders ahead of him and although he’s entering his prime, it’s unlikely he be able to push either Gomez or van Dijk out of the team.
Despite being a backup, Matip still has plenty to offer the club as a reserve for the cup games and in Europe. With Liverpool playing such a high-pace and demanding style, Klopp is going to need to draw on all of his squad over the season.
With Liverpool very much tipped to win some kind of silverware this season, Matip should bide his time and wait for his opportunities. At the end of the season, however, Matip should look to move away from the club as it’s such a crucial time in his career.
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