Jurgen Klopp’s reaction speaks volumes as Liverpool defender Joel Matip dies


Liverpool secured first place in their Champions League group with one game to lose after an entertaining victory over Ajax on Tuesday.
An opportunistic strike from Curtis Jones was enough to earn the Reds a slim 1-0 triumph over the Dutch.

The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side progressed to the knockout stages for the fourth consecutive year under his tutelage.

But there were many who went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at Anfield.

Henderson screams the way

The limited number of fans returning to Anfield on Sunday will be aware of the pleasure listening to Jordan Henderson’s vocal encouragement.

Even TV cameras can’t quite appreciate the way the Liverpool skipper coaxes his teammates through a game.

And that was especially important in the preparation for the game-winning goal, as Henderson, who helped start the movement, effectively guided Neco Williams through his moves before ordering him to cross for Curtis Jones to score.

Henderson a future Liverpool manager? No one would be surprised. Well, either that or a director.

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Beat the hugger

Jurgen Klopp knew exactly what to do at the final whistle.

First, he headed for goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher after the youngster’s impressive debut in the Champions League.

And then it was the turn of Neco Williams, the right-back who responded to recent criticism with a nice display.

Both were awarded the Klopp Bearhugs brand. If that isn’t a sign of playing well, then nothing is.

Bobby Dazzler

He may not be having his most regular season, but few doubt Roberto Firmino’s ability on the ball.

And the Brazilian was at his outrageous best in a heated appearance where only the width of the post denied him a goal.

Firmino doesn’t lack confidence, that’s for sure. And rather than just making a late clearance, he instead opted to embark on a run out of defense that saw him face half of Ajax’s squad before nearly sacking Sadio Mane.

So daring. So Firmino. Never change, Bobby.

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Matip goes out

Anyone with some common sense recognizes that the Champions League anthem, while not quite a banger, is nonetheless quite a shrewd tune.

Granted, it’s significantly better than the Europa League effort or the downright horrible new Premier League song.

But not everyone seems delighted to hear it. At least, that seems to be the case for Joel Matip, who looked beyond boredom as the teams lined up ahead of kick-off.

Fortunately, the defender was much more alert over the next 90 minutes.


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