John Aldridge: This Liverpool signing making huge difference

The former Liverpool striker heaps praise on Joe Matip after the centre-half's start to life on Merseyside

John Aldridge believes Joel Matip is making a huge difference to the Liverpool defence.

The Reds were 2-1 winners against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on Saturday evening as Jurgen Klopp’s side moved level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

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Matip has started Liverpool’s last seven Premier League games since making his debut in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in August.

The Cameroon international moved to Liverpool in a free transfer from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 in the summer transfer window.

Former Liverpool striker Aldridge has been impressed with African centre-half following his positive impact on Klopp’s defence.

“They may have ongoing issues with set-pieces, but overall I believe the Reds appear a lot more solid at the back,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

“And a main reason for that is the form of Joel Matip.

“I’ve been really impressed with the Cameroonian since he stepped into the first team in September.

“He’s quickly assumed the role of chief organiser and, as I pointed out last week, he’s already forming a sound partnership with Dejan Lovren at centre-back.

“Matip controls things, he has great composure and he helps to settle things down with the way he defends instead of being erratic.”

Liverpool were 2-1 winners against Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the League Cup at Anfield on Tuesday night.

Daniel Sturridge scored goals either side of half-time to help set up a quarter-final meeting with Leeds United.

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The Reds will travel to London to face former striker Christian Benteke and his Crystal Palace team-mates at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.

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