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Liverpool Confirm Signing Of Bundesliga Star

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 18: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid controls the ball under pressure from Joel Matip of Schalke uring the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, second leg match between Real Madrid and FC Schalke 04 at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on March 18, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Joel Matip will join Liverpool from Schalke in the summer on a free transfer.

Matip has been linked to a Liverpool move for the past couple of months, with Klopp hoping the Cameroonian international will help solve his current defensive crisis. The 24-year-old defender is also well capable of playing with the ball at his feet, and, indeed, has scored 17 times for Schalke.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp said:

“He’s 24 years old, got over 200 Bundesliga games, played Europa League and was a German Cup winner in 2011.”

Matip also poses an attacking threat and he has scored 16 of his 17 goals on the end of set-pieces. Klopp will be hoping that Matip can defend set-pieces too with Liverpool looking susceptible defensively all season.

Klopp seems to believe he has got a bargain in Matip, though:

“I know in England it is really difficult to sign a player without paying a transfer fee but I thought it cannot be a reason not to take him just because you cannot put a number behind his name.”

German publication Bild (via ESPN) have reported that Matip is set to receive a £3.8 million signing on fee and will earn just over £100,000 per week.

Matip is the second signing under Klopp’s tenure after Marko Grujic signed for £5.1 million from Red Star Belgrade in January.

Dave O’Connell, Pundit Arena

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