Gary Neville: What impressed me about 27-year-old in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville reserves special praise for Joel Matip after Liverpool FC's 2-0 win at Cardiff on Sunday evening

Gary Neville
Gary Neville (Photo: Sky Sports)

Gary Neville singled out Joel Matip as his man of the match in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 victory over Cardiff City on Sunday evening.

The former Cameroon international retained his starting spot in the Liverpool FC team despite Joe Gomez’s return from a four month stint on the sidelines due to injury.

Matip partnered Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the Liverpool FC defence and the African star didn’t put a foot wrong in the Merseyside outfit’s straightforward win.

Liverpool FC made the breakthrough in the second half thanks to Georginio Wijnaldum’s close-range finish from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.

Jurgen Klopp’s side sealed three points when James Milner scored from the penalty spot with nine minutes to go after Mohamed Salah was fouled inside the area.

Former Manchester United defender Neville heaped praise on Matip for his excellent performance at the back in Liverpool FC’s straightforward win.

“It’s going to Matip,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“When you’re going for a title and playing in a game like this, it’s about not giving encouragement to the opposition. Matip has been outstanding with his defending from minute one.

“He has also stepped in with the ball. He has been really good with his passes.”

Liverpool FC hoisted themselves to the top of the Premier League table and two points ahead of defending champions Manchester City.

The Citizens will face Manchester United at Old Trafford in Wednesday’s Manchester derby before Liverpool FC host Huddersfield Town on Friday night.

Liverpool FC are looking to win the Premier League title for the first time in their history.

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