With a 3-0 defeat in the first leg semifinals in Spain, Liverpool had a mountain to climb in the return leg against an FC Barcelona team that looked firmly in control.
Like the Merseyside club’s famous slogan says “We will Never Walk Alone”, they actually walked with God and an outstanding Cameroon defender, 27 years old Job Joel Andre Matip. He played his seventh game of the season in the competition for Liverpool who lastly won the competition for a fifth time in 2005.
Matip was born on August 8, 1991 to a German mother and former Cameroonian footballer Jean Matip in Bochum Germany.
He is a brother to defender Marvin Matip who plays for Ingolstadt in the German Bundesliga 2.
The Cameroon defender had 93% successful passes, in a game that saw Liverpool over turn a three goals deficit to see off FC Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate with an emphatic 4-0 win.
Matip is now in line to become the third Cameroonian player to win the UEFA Champions League, after Geremi Njitap with Real Madrid and Samuel Eto’o who won the trophy three times, twice with FC Barcelona and one time with Internazionale Milan.