By Boris Esono N.
Sports Writer, kick442.com Cameroon
Former Cameroonian international Joel Matip was on target as his club Liverpool tore through Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 goals to 0. The player is aiming to remain a main-stay at the Liverpool backline after playing 90 minutes of the game against Wolves.
The defender, who has been restricted to just five stats for Liverpool this season due to injuries, scored a headed goal thanks to a cross from Mohamed Salah. It was a beautiful and inviting cross that met the head of Joel Matip at the 67 minutes of play to put his side 3 zero up.
This was the first goal of the 2020/2021 Premier League season for Matip. Five of Joel Matip’s six goals for Liverpool in all competition have been headers, with five also coming from a corner situation (one free-kick). In 90 appearances so far for Liverpool, Joel Matip counts 31 clean sheets to his name.
Matip played the full 90 minutes as his side earned qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League after a hard fought 1-0 home win against Ajax. He had been rested for the game against Brighton and Hove Albion having started against Leicester and Atalanta.
“You have to come back and you try to be back stronger, but of course you always need some time to get back on a good level. I am feeling good now and I am looking forward to playing a lot of games,” Joel Matip said.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring for Liverpool at the 24 minutes of play. A superb strike from Gini Wijnaldum then made it 2-0. A bad day for Wolves who are without their star striker Raul Jimenez was made worst as Nelson Semedo then scored an own goal at the 78 minutes of play.
For the first time since March, 2,000 Liverpool fans were allowed to watch their home side in action. The Liverpool fans missed the conclusion of last football season where the side got their hands on that elusive Premier League title, and had also missed 10 days of play in the league.
The victory for the champions sees them go second on the log. After 11 playing days, Liverpool counts 24 points, level with leaders Tottenham Hotspur but with an inferior goal difference (14 goals for Spurs and 9 for Liverpool). Chelsea is third with 22 points and Leicester rounds up the top four with 21 points.
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