Thierry Henry praises Liverpool defender Joel Matip for his objective scoring potential and jokes that he has outscored co-pundit Jamie Carragher as he hails the Reds’ gritty efficiency in opposition to Ajax
- The 31-year-old Cameroonian headed house the Reds’ winner on Tuesday night time
- Liverpool beat Ajax 2-1 to assert its first factors on this yr’s Champions League
- Thierry Henry claimed Joel Matip deserved extra credit score for his contributions
- He quipped Matip had scored greater than ex-reds defender Jamie Carragher
Thierry Henry heaped reward on Joel Matip after the defender’s late header sealed Liverpool‘s first win within the Champions League on Tuesday, because the Arsenal legend additionally hailed the Reds for not giving up of their search of a winner in opposition to Ajax.
Matip clinched the Reds’ first factors of their Champions League marketing campaign has his 89th-minute header snatched a late win over Ajax.
France’s all-time scorer described the 31-year-old Cameroonian as a ‘man that individuals do not speak loads about,’ on CBS Sports activities’ protection of the Europe’s elite competitors.
Thierry Henry heaped reward on Joel Matip after the his late header sealed Liverpool’s win
Middle again Joel Matip rose above two Ajax defenders to go house an 89th minute winner
However Henry insisted that the defender deserved extra credit score and must be talked about amongst his star teammates.
‘And you are going to point out Van Dijk, and you are going to point out Salah or Mane again within the day or Firmino,’ he stated.
‘However he at all times comes and does a job and he typically scores necessary objectives truly,’ Henry added in his evaluation of the Liverpool defender.
Henry insisted the defender deserved extra credit score for his contribution to Jurgen Klopp’s aspect
Nonetheless, former Reds defender Jamie Carragher, who was additionally commenting for CBS Sports activities, did not essentially agree with the Frenchman.
‘Hmm I can not bear in mind one other one truly,’ the previous England heart again stated in response to Henry’s evaluation of Matip’s objective contributions for Liverpool in his seventh season for the Reds.
‘Take a look,’ Henry sharply replied. ‘Not at all times however when he scores, they’re good. They’re necessary. I believe he rating greater than you already.’
‘That is not troublesome although,’ he added in a slight dig at his fellow pundit.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claimed he couldn’t bear in mind one other Matip objective
With Matip’s objective needing affirmation by goal-line know-how, Liverpool dug their heels to claims its first three factors in Europe’s most elite competitors this season.
‘It was Virgil Van Dijk who regarded actually harmful all night time. However Joel Matip is a large presence. Consider what number of objectives Liverpool bought final season by way of Konate from set items set within the Champions League,’ Carragher stated of Liverpool’s second objective coming from a nook.
‘I wasn’t certain, to be trustworthy,’ Matip stated about his winner that ended his nine-year objective drought within the Champions League. ‘Once I noticed the referee (award it), the feelings got here out.’
Purpose line know-how confirmed Matip’s winner after Dusan Tadic tried to clear it off the road
It wasn’t simply the consequence that was enormous for Liverpool. It was additionally the way in which the English workforce carried out, per week after the humiliation of its 4-1 loss at Napoli within the opening spherical of Group A video games.
The urgent and the depth in opposition to Ajax had been higher, one thing that Carragher had seen at full time.
‘They performed very well. It was a typical Klopp efficiency. Excessive vitality, stopping Ajax with the ball and at occasions,’ the CBS Sports activities pundit stated, earlier than including: ‘The best way Liverpool play, they deserved to win the sport.’
Henry backed his counterpart’s evaluation, additional mentioning that the Reds by no means regarded like a workforce that was going to accept a draw.
Mohamed Salah rediscovered his kind to open the scoring for Liverpool within the first half
‘You anticipate that from Liverpool, particularly attacking the Kop finish […]. In all equity, they did not cease. They did not cease operating,’ he stated.
‘They did not cease believing and whenever you’re in any such scenario like Jamie stated and whenever you’re on a nasty run, it looks like nothing goes your manner. However they did not surrender. That is an important factor.’
Liverpool will now head into back-to-back group video games in opposition to Rangers after the worldwide break in good coronary heart.
‘I believe everybody understood we needed to put in a totally totally different shift for the sport,’ the Reds’ supervisor Jurgen Klopp stated in a postgame interview. ‘We did that.’