The signing of RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate could “spell the end” for Joel Matip at Liverpool.
That is according to former Arsenal and Everton striker Kevin Campbell, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the possibility of Matip, 29, being “sacrificed” this summer.
The Athletic reported on Monday that the Reds are finalising a deal to bring Ibrahima Konate to Anfield this summer.
French publication RMC Sport later claimed the France Under-21 international had undergone a portion of a medical with Liverpool in Paris.
Campbell claimed the arrival of Konate could be bad news for Matip, who has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract.
“For sure, the arrival of a Konate could spell the end for a Joel Matip,” he told Football Insider.
“When he has played, he has not let anybody down but you need your players to be fit. You need them to be available for at least the majority of the season.
“The best trust you get is when you are available and he just hasn’t not been available as much as he should have been.
“It is a big decision that I am sure Klopp and his backroom staff are going to make.
“They need someone who will be fit. Matip may have to be the one who is sacrificed this summer and so be it. Football is a ruthless business.”
Football Insider understands the club are already working on a deal to sign current loan star Ozan Kabak for a fee in the region of £9million.
The Merseysiders believe they can negotiate a knock-down fee for the 21-year-old, given Schalke’s current financial problems.