Was Hwang Hee-chan’s own goal the decisive blow?
Liverpool are said to be offering veteran centre-back Yoel Matip in the transfer window this summer. After the own goal against Wolverhampton, local media reports came out immediately.
Matip has had a tough start this season. Manager Jurgen Klopp favored the combination of immovable starters Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate. The third choice was also Joe Gomez, not Matif.
However, with both Van Dijk and Konate suffering hamstring injuries recently, Matip got another chance. But the results were disastrous. In the match against Wolverhampton held on the 5th (Korean time), he scored an own goal in the 5th minute of the first half. Coincidentally, it was Hwang Hee-chan who induced Matip’s own goal. This goal became Wolverhampton’s winning goal, and Liverpool lost 0-3. Recently, they had to hear a lot of criticism from the fans after losing three consecutive away games. 안전놀이터
Local media ‘Football Insider’ reported that Liverpool are ready to sell Matip at a reasonable price in the summer transfer window. Matip has a contract with Liverpool until 2024, but given recent trends, his contract extension doesn’t seem easy. In preparation for his departure as a free agent next year, Liverpool has completed the calculation of selling for a transfer fee at the end of this season.
Matip has been one of the most fan-favorite players since joining Liverpool as a free agent from Schalke in 2016. After his transfer, he played 181 games in all competitions and played an active role as a main center back. During six and a half years at Liverpool, he lifted all the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Club World Cup, Community Shield and UEFA Super Cup trophies.
However, this season, he only played in 15 games in all competitions. He made only seven Premier League starts.
Along with Matip, another centre-back, Nathaniel Phillips, who fell out of Klopp’s eyes, is also expected to be for sale in the summer. Phillips was close to leaving the team in the January transfer window, but was able to stay on due to Konate’s injury. Galatasaray is watching him.