Liverpool defender Joel Matip ‘panicked’ against Bayern Munich, claims Martin Keown

first_imgAdvertisement Keown slammed Matip’s performance against Bayern (Picture: Getty)Keown believes Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was also guilty of putting his team-mates in danger at Anfield.‘It was understandable that Matip should be nervous on such a huge occasion but sometimes, the biggest mistake you can make is to be afraid to make one,’ Keown added.‘Alisson saw plenty of the ball in those early stages but the time he dwelt on it was criminal. That put his team-mates under pressure, too.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Van Dijk will return for next month’s second leg in Munich.‘Liverpool will need his attacking impetus as much as his Rolls-Royce defending. ‘MORE: Jurgen Klopp singles out ‘unbelievable’ Jordan Henderson after Liverpool draw against Bayern Munich Van Dijk was suspended for the first leg (Picture: Getty)‘Bayern may not be the force they once were but they still carry the aura of champions. They were able to grow in confidence throughout the match and their forwards quickly started to anticipate that Matip would keep going backwards.‘When I was playing in defence for Arsenal nothing made Arsene Wenger more angry than when we passed back to David Seaman.‘Go forward and the opposition are deterred from pressing your goalkeeper. Go back and you only invite them on.’ Joel Matip struggled in the absence of Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Martin Keown ripped into Joel Matip after the defender’s nervy performance in Liverpool’s goalless draw with Bayern Munich.Jurgen Klopp was forced to start with a makeshift central defence of Matip and Fabinho for the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash and the Reds will be satisfied to come away with a clean sheet at Anfield.However, Liverpool’s forwards spurned several chances to take the advantage into the second leg at the Allianz Arena, with Sadio Mane particularly wasteful on Merseyside.Fabinho impressed out of position at centre-back, earning praise from Andrew Robertson after the final whistle, but his partner Matip was less than convincing.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThankfully for Liverpool, Van Dijk – who missed Tuesday night’s match through suspension – will be available again in Munich.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Everyone thought the absence of Virgil van Dijk would cost Liverpool defensively. While the makeshift centre-half pairing of Joel Matip and Fabinho kept a clean sheet — no mean feat against Bayern Munich — they missed the Dutchman’s forward thinking,’ Keown said in his Daily Mail column.‘Positivity from the centre backs is crucial to the way Jurgen Klopp’s team play. Van Dijk and Joe Gomez — Liverpool’s first-choice pairing — are usually effortless in possession. They are always looking to play forwards to give the platform to build their attacks.‘That was not always the case on Tuesday night. Matip, in particular, panicked in possession. His most frequent pass in the first half was back to Alisson, finding his goalkeeper eight times. It prevented Liverpool from getting on the front foot and striking an early blow. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 19 Feb 2019 11:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link590Shares Advertisement Liverpool defender Joel Matip ‘panicked’ against Bayern Munich, claims Martin Keownlast_img

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