Liverpool in preliminary talks over Joel Matip deal - sources

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

23rd Sep, 2023 | 10:00am

Revealed: Liverpool in preliminary talks over Joel Matip deal - sources

Liverpool are in preliminary talks with Joel Matip’s representatives about a potential contract extension, sources have told Football Insider.

It is believed discussions are not yet at an advanced stage.

Matip, 32, is in the final year of his contract at Anfield and can discuss a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs in January.

A new deal for the centre-back would come as a surprise as Liverpool were open to selling him during the summer window.

He is now the fourth-choice centre-half for Jurgen Klopp and is approaching the twilight years of his career.

However, Klopp trusts the Cameroon international and is keen to keep him around despite his advancing years.

According to FBRef, Matip currently earns £100,000-a-week at Anfield.

He has made four appearances so far this season, starting three times in the Premier League with Virgil van Dijk suspended.

The ex-Schalke man made 21 appearances across all competitions last term as Liverpool finished fifth in the Premier League.

He has won the English top flight, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup during his time on Merseyside.

Matip joined on a free transfer in 2016 and has made 191 appearances for Liverpool.

The Reds are also closing in on a big-money extension for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Football Insider revealed on Friday (22 September) that Klopp’s side have now reached an agreement in principle with the right-back.

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