Liverpool fans are pretty excited about the prospect of landing Joel Matip on a free transfer!
A report in The Mirror this morning – from very credible journalist David Maddock – claimed that we had agreed to sign the centre-back when his contract with Schalke 04 expires at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old Cameroonian international seems to tick all the boxes. He is young and should improve, Jurgen Klopp will know him well from his time in the Bundesliga, and, most of all, he’s a fit defender!
The only downside is that we can’t have him now. Still, this represents some really shrewd business.
It would be fair to say there was more enthusiasm on Twitter over Matip potentially joining than there was after the Steven Caulker announcement yesterday. Here are a selection of the best tweets:
MATIP ON A FREE IN A SUMMER YAAAAAAA!
— Dëm (@TheJurgenaut) January 13, 2016
According to a rag #LFC have agreed a deal in principle to sign Joel Matip in the summer. Excellent *if* true.
— Anthony Forman (@forman_anthony) January 13, 2016
Matip is a quality signing for Liverpool
— EDD GEE (@Le_Edd) January 13, 2016
If the reports about Matip are true we have signed a real gem
— Firmtinho (@asapnxck) January 13, 2016
yay liverpool agree deal to sign joel matip on a free transfer!! v good signing
— Calvin Harith (@hrr3p) January 13, 2016
great business getting Joel Matip on a free
— Nathan Rehman (@nathrehman) January 13, 2016
Matip also arriving in the summer now, great stuff.
— Kloppite (@PessimisticRed_) January 13, 2016
Matip: Pace, strength, aerial dominance, aggressive & good on the ball. His defensive numbers very good this year. Will be our best CB #LFC
— RedMen (@ScottBerko) January 13, 2016
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