TRANSFER TALK: Joel Matip to Liverpool?
Klopp has shown some interest in bringing players from the Bundesliga to Liverpool already in this transfer window.
He’d have known of goalkeeper (Marc Andre) Ter Stegen, who played for Borussia Mönchengladbach during a time when Klopp was managing Borussia Dortmund. Another player to have spent a large amount of time playing in Germany is Joel Matip, who has also caught the eye of our German manager.
Matip has spent all of his career since his days as a youth player, playing in Germany. He’s now 24 years old and was born in Germany, to a German mother and Cameroonian father. He would have been eligible to play for Germany but chose Cameroon and has made 27 international appearances for the African nation.
Matip would start his earliest days in football playing for local sides SC Weitmar and VFL Bochum, before eventually ending up at Schalke 04 in around 2000. He would continue to prove himself as one of the strongest youth players in Germany for several years and Schalke would offer him a professional senior contract to play for them eventually, which is what he’s been doing since 2009. He’d make more than 177 appearances for Schalke and score at least 16 times for his club. He’s won two (German) trophies in his time with Schalke, both around 2011.
Matip is a very versatile player and has been known to play in more than one defensive role, either pushing into the heart of the midfield or staying back in central defence usually. He’s not known for being a prolific goalscorer, but then very few defensive players are. They just don’t get the same opportunities as dedicated attackers to push their goal tally up into high numbers.
Klopp would most likely utilise this player in a central defender role, with key defensive players like Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel currently out injured and assistance being much needed to fill in for unavailable squad members who are hurt at the moment.
Matip would be out of contract at the end of the season if he doesn’t agree to sign a new deal with Schalke and with several clubs scouting him and showing interest in bringing him away from Germany, it’s likely his club may just have to sell now if they want to make any money at all or he would end up as a player available for free transfer by the summer.
If Liverpool are to bring this player to the Premier League, they’ll have to either buy him now or wait until he’s a free agent, IF he decides not to stay at his current club. If he signs a new contract with Schalke before the new 2016-2017 season starts, we’d still have to pay a transfer fee for him in the future. It’s not like Liverpool’s owners aren’t prepared to pay millions for him, he’s obviously a valuable asset to anyone who needs new defensive players to strengthen their squad. Klopp knows his worth and could easily make a move for him this January.
Time will tell if he’s going to make the move or not. We’ll just wait and see.
Walk on with hope in your heart, Anfield Family.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s