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Joel Matip broke a Liverpool club record during 3-0 win vs Huddersfield

There was no doubt about it, Liverpool needed a win against Huddersfield.
Following their 4-3 victory against Manchester City, Jurgen Klopp’s side lost to Swansea in the league before crashing out of the FA Cup at the hands of West Brom.

Another loss to Huddersfield and Klopp would have some serious questions to answer to.
But the German boss didn’t have to answer any questions about Liverpool’s form after the match after an extremely comfortable 3-0 victory.
And when we say comfortable, we mean it in every sense of the word.

Klopp actually sprang a surprise when naming his starting line-up by leaving £75 million signing Virgil van Dijk on the bench. Instead, Liverpool lined up with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip at the heart of their defence.
But the pair had very little to do with the away side having 75% possession and completing an astonishing 911 passes - compared to Huddersfield’s 307.

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And there was one Liverpool player that made more passes than anyone else - Matip.
In fact, the Cameroonian attempted 161 passes during the 3-0 win, creating history in the meantime.
That’s because that is the most amount of passes attempted by a Liverpool player in a match in Premier League history.

Out of those 161 passes, Matip completed 154 of them.
In fact, Huddersfield completed just six more passes than Matip and Lovren together.


This is how Liverpool fans reacted to Matip breaking the club record:

It’s fair to say it was a deserved victory.


And despite not being totally happy with the performance, Klopp seemed very relieved to get back to winning ways.
“Of course, that was the reaction we needed to show,” he said. “That’s clear.
“I think everybody saw it was not brilliant. It was not our best game we played so far, but it was very mature and, in the end, very deserved.

Huddersfield Town v Liverpool - Premier League

“The best thing we did tonight apart from scoring was our counterpressing when we defended the situations when Huddersfield won the ball.
“We had more moments than three goals, but it was difficult to play because they defended well. I’m happy about the result -- 100 percent -- and most parts of the performance as well.”

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