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Visiting teams should fear coming to fortress Anfield again, says Liverpool scorer Matip


Back in goals: Joel Matip found net on his return from injury
Back in goals: Joel Matip found net on his return from injury

By Carl Markham

Liverpool defender Joel Matip believes opposing teams should fear Anfield as it has now become a fortress.

A comfortable 3-0 win over Southampton meant the Reds have scored in their last 21 home league matches - their longest run since the 23 they registered between March and August 1986.

"I think it should always be a fear to come to Anfield as an opposing team," said Matip, who scored his first Anfield goal on his first start since March 31.

"But we are working hard to make it as uncomfortable as possible for the opponent and we are on a good way. I think nobody enjoys to play here."

Matip returned to the starting line-up at the expense of Joe Gomez, who was rested, but it did not affect their defensive stability against a poor Saints side.

He headed home Liverpool's second, after Xherdan Shaqiri's deflected cross resulted in Wesley Hoedt's own goal, which was his first since November.

"After this long time, after this injury, it feels great to start again and to play. It was a nice feeling to be on the field 90 minutes," added Matip, who underwent a thigh operation in April.

"Sure, it was quite a long time with the injury but now I'm fit and on a good way. I still need some time but (I'm) looking forward to the next game.

The result extended Liverpool's 100 per cent start to the campaign to seven matches in all competitions.

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