24 Oct 2016

Sort It Out: 'Brilliant' €21m Liverpool star admits he's 'not happy' with LFC's endless failure at 'set-pieces'

Liverpool's victory over West Brom put the club top of the league, but Joel Matip remains dissatisfied with one particular aspect of the game.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Matip slammed the team's failure to keep a clean sheet:

“I am not happy with the goal we conceded. Yes, we are defending well but we know these teams are very good at set-pieces. We have to work on it in training and make it work better".

The defensive disarray for West Brom's goal reminded me of the shambolic defending for Diego Costa's goal in the Reds' 2-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

In that game, multiple players just switched off, and allowd Chelsea to scythe through the defence, and same thing happened against West Brom - four players went for the same header in the box, and that left a huge space in front of Karius, who didn't anticipate and/or react quickly enough to the knockdown.

That said, as Matip further added:

"You always prefer a clean sheet but the main thing is to win. The season is very long and it was just about the three points.”

Whatever happens, Liverpool will always concede goals, but the difference this season is that the Reds are winning games despite defensive mistakes. Last season, similar mistakes regularly cost the team points.

I love Matip's attitude: even if the team wins 8-0, continuous improvement should always be the name of the game, and Matip appears to be the kind of player who'll never allow the team to rest on its laurels.

Possible future captain?

^ Matip: €21m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Hailed as 'brilliant' by John Aldridge.


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