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Matip issues rallying cry after Liverpool’s draw with Brighton.

Updated: Oct 3, 2022

Joel Matip expressed his disappointment after Brighton and Hove denied Liverpool a dramatic comeback victory at Anfield on Saturday.

Leandro Trossard scored a hat-trick as Graham Potter’s successor Roberto de Zerbi enjoyed a memorable Brighton debut as manager on Merseyside.

The Seagulls were fearless and started the match in flying colours, with Trossard scoring a double within 17 minutes.

Despite being two goals down, the hosts had goalkeeper Alisson Becker to thank for making crucial saves or else they would have been behind by four goals.

However, forward Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool hope ahead of half-time as he found the net to make it 2-1, with VAR overruling the referee’s initial offside decision.

And, just after the interval the Brazilian calmly made it 2-2 with a close-range l finish following a brilliant combination with winger Luis Diaz.


Anfield erupted again when Adam Webster scored an own goal seemingly handing Liverpool three points, but, Trossard had not finished his heroics until late on when the Belgian scored his third goal of the game, securing his match-ball and compounding Liverpool’s woes.

After the match, Cameroon centre-back Matip issued a rallying cry to his teammates, saying they must improve.

Matip - 'We have to improve.'

"Absolutely not happy," Matip said as BBC Sport quoted. "Not a good performance. Brighton played really well and made our life quite hard.

"It wasn't our game and it started from the beginning. We have to improve.


"It was better but we are still not happy with our performance, especially at home. We expect more from ourselves.

"It's great, even in not a good game for us, he [Roberto Firmino] scores. That's brilliant. He [Alisson] was there to save our backs again and hopefully he does not have as many saves to make in the future.

"I don't care who is coming, we just have to step up and do better."

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