Liverpool fans question surprise Klopp decision ahead of Bournemouth showdown
By Amir Mir
Joel Matip started on the bench for Liverpool against Bournemouth – and fans on Twitter have questioned Jurgen Klopp’s selection.
The Reds take on Eddie Howe’s side in a crucial Premier League showdown, knowing three points will help them in their quest to finish in the top four at the end of the campaign.
Ahead of the game, Klopp opted to start centre-back Ragnar Klavan alongside Dejan Lovren with Matip on the bench.
Both Matip and Lovren had started the impressive 3-1 win against Merseyside rivals Everton at the weekend.
Nonetheless, supporters questioned Klopp’s surprise decision to put Matip on the bench as the German international may have suffered an injury.
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Supporters felt it was bad news that he was not in the starting line-up and were keen for answers but they were glad that striker Daniel Sturridge was back on the bench.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Surprised that Matip is on the bench! Don't mind Klavan tho he's solid! Origi deserves his start!! #LFC
— Charlotte Webster (@CharWebster7) April 5, 2017
Great to see sturridge back tonight… matip on the bench though ????#LFC
— Pedro (@Dowdello) April 5, 2017
No Matip. Bad news. #LFC
— Asheesh Banga (@AsheeshBanga) April 5, 2017
Why is Matip on the bench? Good to see Sturridge back! #LFC
— Mark (@markjsport) April 5, 2017
— James Quinn (@JamesQuinn87) April 5, 2017
— hazzalad (@lfc_shirts) April 5, 2017
No Matip!?! ???? #LFC
— Kev D (@LFC_Lukn4d19th) April 5, 2017
Why is Matip on the bench? #LFC
— Amrut Atre (@AmrutAtre) April 5, 2017
Three points against Eddie Howe’s side could see the Reds close the gap on the top two with second-placed Tottenham and leaders Chelsea also in action.
Spurs travel to relegation-threatened Swansea while Antonio Conte’s men will host fourth-placed Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.
With less than two months of the season remaining the race to finish in the top four is set to go to the wire.
After this encounter, Klopp will prepare his team for a tough encounter against Mark Hughes’ Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.
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