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Away teams should fear Anfield - Liverpool's Joel Matip

22:40 EAT 23/09/2018
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The Cameroon international started his first game since March, and starred in what was a record win for the Reds

Liverpool's frightening run at Anfield should always scare visiting team, says defender Joel Matip.

The defender was preferred to partner Virgil van Dijk from the start in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Southampton, where he was also among the goals.

The win meant Jurgen Klopp's men have suffered defeat only once [FA Cup vs. West Bromwich Albion in January] in their last 34 games in all competitions.

“I think it should always be a fear to come to Anfield as an opposing team,” Matip told BT Sport .

“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 who underwent a thigh operation in April - and after his return suffered a setback during pre-season - was given the nod ahead of Joe Gomez against the Saints.

“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,” he continued.

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

“I was not too lucky with scoring goals during my time at Liverpool but I hope that maybe this season I can score a few more goals.

“It always helps the team and helps me get self-confidence for the game.”

With Gomez and Van Dijk set to continue flourishing as Klopp's first-choice centre-back pairing, Matip still stands a chance to prove his worth with Liverpool heading into a busy 11-day schedule.

They play Chelsea twice, Napoli and Manchester City within that period.