Joel Matip produced a pass his defensive partner Virgil van Dijk would have been proud of as Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Reds are accustomed to seeing the club’s record signing spreading the play with expertly-weighted passes, but it was the man beside him showcasing impressive distribution from the back on this occasion.
The former Schalke man displayed the vision and execution to split Bournemouth’s centre-backs and feed the run of Roberto Firmino to perfection.
A better first touch and the Brazilian would have been bearing down on goal with an excellent chance to double Liverpool’s lead a matter of minutes after Sadio Mane’s opener.
It proved a relatively comfortable afternoon for Matip, who has looked particularly useful when stepping up into midfield with the ball in recent weeks.
Here’s a look at what could have been one of the most surprising assists this season…
We aren’t speaking about this Joel Matip pass enough.👀 pic.twitter.com/qr8VlrIcdC
— Cameron Hogwood (@CameronHogwood) February 10, 2019