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