Jamie Carragher: This Liverpool partnership big bonus for Jurgen Klopp

The Liverpool legend was impressed with the performance of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Jamie Carragher hailed Liverpool’s centre-half partnership of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip as a big bonus for Jurgen Klopp after Monday night’s goalless draw with Manchester United.

The Liverpool manager signed Cameroon international Matip on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke 04 in the summer transfer window as Klopp looked to bolster his defensive options.

Matip has wasted no time forming a promising understanding with fellow centre-half Lovren after the African made his debut in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham Hotspur in August.

Liverpool are unbeaten in six Premier League games since Matip’s introduction to Klopp’s starting line-up, leaving the Merseyside club in fourth place in the table.

While the Reds were limited to just three shots on target during a stalemate with United on Monday night, Lovren and Matip managed to tame Swedish legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

And Carragher felt the pair’s performance was a big positive for the Liverpool manager ahead of the visit of West Brom at Anfield on Saturday evening.

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“I thought Liverpool’s centre-halves dealt with Zlatan Ibrahimovic really well. They were outstanding. Zlatan was very quiet. A big bonus for Liverpool is the clean sheet and the centre-half partnership,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

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