Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Matip return to line-up v Southampton
By Harvey Byrne
Joel Matip made his return to the Liverpool starting line-up against Southampton on Wednesday evening – and Reds fans on Twitter have celebrated his comeback.
The 25-year-old centre-back has not started for the Merseysiders since a clash against West Ham on 11 December.
He made his first appearance in over a month in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat against Swansea, but he was reduced to a substitute appearance in the final moments.
The summer signing’s absence started with an injury, but Jurgen Klopp had since been reluctant to play him due to fear of action from FIFA.
The Cameroon-born player missed his country’s 2016 AFCON tournament and Liverpool had to wait until Friday before being told they were able to play their defender.
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Matip has come in for Ragnar Klavan to face the Saints and many Reds fans on social media are excited to see him back in the line-up.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
It's a risk playing Erme but that's what subs are for. Great to see Matip back. Get us to Wembley lads! #LFC
— Foley (@dannyfoley94) January 25, 2017
Matip returning is a huge boost. Would've liked to see Gini starting ahead of Can though.
— Dhanush (@Dhanush109) January 25, 2017
Strong lineup for tonight: Matip back to partner with Lovren and finally Lallana in the midfield, with Studge upfront. Come on Redmen! #LFC
— Andrea Man (@Manzo15_) January 25, 2017
Matip back, Lallana in midfield and a front 3 of Coutinho, Firmino and Sturridge. Positive line up. #LFC
— Santosh Pishey (@SantoshPishey) January 25, 2017
YESSSS STURRIDGE AND MATIP START!!!!!! https://t.co/77HVjlNUqF
— Shoaib???? (@faros011) January 25, 2017
Strong line up as expected, glad to see Matip returning to the team. Adding stability at the back. Come on you RedMen ????????
— ????⚪????LFC????SMITH????⚪???? (@TheKop2018) January 25, 2017
Joel Matip is back ????
— twt_liverpool (@twt_liverpool) January 25, 2017
Got a good feeling about today. Matip being back will surely help. Won't be easy though
— Lorenzo (@LorenzoCalcio) January 25, 2017
Klavan has dropped to the bench following Matip’s insertion and it was a mistake from the Estonian which actually played a part in the build up to the goal in the first leg.
The defender made a rash clearance at a ball, which found it’s way to Jay Rodriguez who then found Nathan Redmond to score with a placed effort.
The young English attacker’s goal is the difference between the two sides, but many believe Liverpool are the favourites at Anfield with a place at Wembley and the final now up for grabs.
In other Liverpool news, here is the confirmed Reds line-up to face Southampton.