Liverpool’s Joel Matip explains why Arsenal are ‘really difficult’ to play against

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 28 Aug 2019 8:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link255Shares Joel Matip scored Liverpool’s first against Arsenal on Saturday (Picture: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)Liverpool may have seen off Arsenal 3-1 in the Premier League on Saturday but defender Joel Matip insists the Gunners are ‘really difficult’ to play against.Matip opened the scoring at Anfield before a Mohamed Salah brace gave the Reds a comfortable lead and Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira grabbed a late consolation.It was a comfortable victory for the Reds, but not entirely dominant, finishing with 52% possession, although they did pepper the Arsenal goal with 25 shots.The Cameroon international believes that the way Arsenal set up made it very tough for them to break down and praised the Gunners’ organisation.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We tried it over 90 minutes to come through. We had to be patient and the result was good, we won at home against Arsenal, that’s always good,’ Matip told Liverpool FC’s official website. Advertisement Comment Advertisement Liverpool’s Joel Matip explains why Arsenal are ‘really difficult’ to play against Mohamed Salah gave David Luiz a tough time at Anfield (Picture: Getty Images)‘They were standing with two deep rows and with their speed in the front it was really difficult to come through, because they were standing by their own box. But in the end it worked.‘We tried to push but it was not easy to come through. We did it not too bad but against a high-quality team like this it’s hard for every team.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMatip has never scored more than one goal in a season since arriving at Liverpool in July 2016, but he has already netted twice this campaign after scoring in the Community Shield against Manchester City.The 28-year-old’s best scoring season came way back in 2011-12 when he netted five times in all competitions for Schalke, and he would like to get on the score sheet more for the Reds.‘I want to score more goals and it’s nice that I could score, but it’s early in the season and there’s still a lot to increase,’ continued Matip. ‘Maybe I’ll get the opportunity to score a few more.’Liverpool are back in action in the late kick-off on Saturday away to Burnley in the Premier League.MORE: Gary Neville warns Man Utd are three years from challenging Liverpool and Man CityMORE: Liverpool reject Fiorentina bid for promising youngster Bobby Duncanlast_img

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