Arsenal Legend Thierry Henry Lauds Liverpool's Unsung Hero After He Evokes The Reds To Victory Over Ajax

Published:Mar 8, 202422:48

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has lavished reward on one Liverpool participant, suggesting he's the unsung hero of this Reds’ crew. The participant in dialogue of the previous striker was Liverpool center-back Joel Matip. The 31-year-old rose to event as he headed within the 89th minute winner in opposition to Ajax. His aim earned Liverpool their first win of the season within the European competitors.

With the sport heading in direction of a stalemate as each the crew have been locked on 1-1, Matip scored from a late set-piece to bag all three factors. Earlier, Mohamed Salah had opened the scoring for the house facet within the seventeenth minute from a Diogo Jota arrange as Liverpool have been off to a very good begin following their 4-1 drubbing within the earlier fixture in opposition to Napoli. Nevertheless, their pleasure and lead have been short-lived as Ajax responded with an equalizer 10 minutes later by way of Mohammed Kudus.

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France legend Thierry Henry heaped reward on Liverpool’s Joel Matip who scored a late winner in opposition to Ajax within the Champions League. Credit: Twitter

Thierry Henry pin factors Matip’s significance within the Liverpool crew

Joel Matip has typically been within the shadow of his accomplice in protection Virgil van Dijk who has had a towering presence within the Liverpool backline. Nevertheless, Matip’s significance within the crew goes behind all of this as he has often chipped in with some strong performances. The Cameroonian has additionally scored some essential targets for the Merseyside membership, identical to the one he netted just lately.

Signed from German facet Schalke 04 in 2016 on a free switch, Matip has come an extended with the Reds making 171 appearances and scoring 10 targets for the membership. He has additionally helped them to 6 trophies, which incorporates the well-known Champions League triumph of 2019 the place he began the ultimate alongside Van Dijk.

As soon as once more making a mark in his first begin since recovering from a muscle pressure he suffered earlier initially of the season, Matip proved his mettle in entrance of a packed Anfield. Lauding his show, Thierry Henry who was on punditry obligation of CBS Sports activities stated:

“I'm comfortable for [Joel] Matip. It is a man the place folks won't speak loads when mentioning Liverpool. You'll point out [Virgil] Van Dijk, [Mohamed] Salah, [Sadio] Mane again within the day or [Roberto] Firmino. However Joel at all times comes and does the job. He typically scores vital targets truly. Headers. Unfortunate in some conditions, however when he scores, they're good and vital.”

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As Thierry Henry claimed, Matip has been an vital a part of Jurgen Klopp’s arrange serving to them six trophies. Credit: Twitter

In the meantime, alongside the legendary Thierry Henry, Matip’s coach Jurgen Klopp too was comfortable for his defender who broke his 9 12 months drought to attain within the Champions League. Speaking in his post-match presser, Klopp stated:

“Nice aim [by Matip], then ball not in, then linesman raised his flag, which I actually don’t know why; possibly he noticed first that the aim was in or he has it as effectively in his watch. Then massive celebrations and the face of Joel confirmed precisely how all of us felt in that second.”

Whereas Klopp will certainly not be pleased with the hard-fought win, he will certainly be relieved to get again to profitable methods after the humbling by Napoli. His gamers will now head for worldwide obligation with their respective nations for the reason that Premier League fixtures have been called-off attributable to Queen Elizabeth II’s passing away.

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