We had assumed it would still be some time before we saw Joel Matip back in action, but the injury-prone centre-back is back in contention for first-team minutes.
Paul Gorst confirmed the Cameroonian is fit again having so far missed the entire season – which is very nice timing considering the state of our defence so far in 2020/21.
Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip and Sadio Mane all trained at Melwood today ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby at Everton
— Paul Gorst (@ptgorst) October 13, 2020
We’ve shipped 11 goals in four Premier League games – seven of which came last time out in the humbling we received by Aston Villa.
(How did we actually lose 7-2 to Villa by the way?!)
Joe Gomez has been poor and while Fabinho is an option to replace him alongside Virgil van Dijk, Matip remains a genuine option now – while he’s healthy at least.
And it’s fair to say Liverpool fans were delighted to hear about the Big Man’s return!
Joel Matip! Now that's a big relief!
— The Lord (@Yawamoakoatta) October 14, 2020
MATIP IS BAAAAAACK 😲 😱 TODAY JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER!
— Silver Spring (@torres1275) October 13, 2020
I want Matip to play against Everton bcz he's good in the air and he'll curb DCL threats
— 𝐅𝐎𝐖𝐙𝐀𝐍 𝐀 𝐀𝐋𝐈 (@fouzi_abdi) October 13, 2020
I'm the happiest for Matip's return!
— Alexi Vishesh (@visheshpraani) October 14, 2020
— ً (@alissxnnn_) October 13, 2020
Matip is needed
— LFC (@DavidElliott720) October 13, 2020