Joel Matip went full Randy Orton after Liverpool's 98th minute winner against Newcastle
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Joel Matip morphed into Randy Orton after Liverpool scored a 98th minute winner against Newcastle United.
After blitzing Bournemouth 9-0 at the weekend, the Reds had to come from behind to beat Eddie Howe's side at Anfield.
The Magpies' record signing Alexander Isak put Newcastle 1-0 up on his debut and was also controversially denied a second goal by VAR.
Roberto Firmino equalised and then in the dying embers, Fabio Carvalho popped up with a huge, last-gasp goal.
It prompted wild scenes that were a direct reaction to the time-wasting tactics Newcastle had deployed in order to try and run down the clock.
Matip was an unused substitute for the game as he works his way back from an injury lay-off. But he was animated as ever on the touchline when Liverpool found the net.
Joel Matip going full @RandyOrton is something that I absolutely didn’t know I needed in my life until right now!pic.twitter.com/QbPkRhqTzC— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) September 1, 2022
The Cameroon has gone viral for doing his best impression of WWE legend Orton, a 14-time world champion.
Channelling his inner 'Viper', Matip went "to that place" by pounding the floor in some hilarious scenes.
Sadly he didn't RKO any of the Newcastle players but there was plenty of fury on the bench at Anfield.
Footage showed a member of the Newcastle coaching staff appearing to throw an object in the direction of the Liverpool bench, which caused tempers to flare a little.
Scenes from the Newcastle bench following Liverpool's 98th-minute winner last night. pic.twitter.com/TAtFdPrpoF— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 1, 2022
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given described the situation on BT Sport's coverage of the thrilling finish.
"You wouldn't encourage it but obviously emotions are really high on the bench as you can imagine from both benches," Given said.
"To give away a goal so late it's frustrating. One of the guys on the Newcastle bench, I'm not sure if he started it, but I don't know if that's the no 2 for Liverpool on the pitch giving some signals as well.
"You don't like to see it, there's a lot of emotions, they've won so they're on cloud nine and the opposite to Newcastle, they're really gutted with how its finished."
At the end of the game, Newcastle's players were loudly booed by the home supporters, who were furious with the gamesmanship on display.
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