Joel Matip is not worse than Dejan Lovren, but he’s not the world-class centre-back we hoped he might be when we acquired him for nothing in 2016.
The Cameroonian was awful against Tottenham on Sunday, at fault for at least one of the goals in the 4-1 thrashing by our rivals.
Matip though has admitted it’s simply not good enough and has taken direct responsibility, too.
“It cannot go like this. It cannot be that we concede that many goals away. I’m a defender and I should take care of this,” the No.32 told Sky Sports, cited by the official website.
“We gave them the opportunity. It was not that they played the perfect ball with our mistakes. We have to take care of them and have to stop them.”
There’s no way Lovren is keeping his place against Huddersfield at the weekend, but Matip probably will – so can expect a new centre-back partner.
He’s always been pretty useless next to Ragnar Klavan, so many would like Joe Gomez to move into the middle, which will allow Trent Alexander-Arnold the spot at right-back.
Come January, Jurgen Klopp would be absurd not to move heaven and earth to buy a new defender, regardless of whether Virgil van Dijk is attainable.
Obviously, the Dutchman is his priority target, but there’s a barrel full of centre-backs who’d still be an improvement on what we currently have.