19.11.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs 1. FC Nuernberg, im Bild Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) // during FC Schalke 04 vs. 1. FC Nuernberg at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-11-19. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth..***** ATTENTION - OUT OF GER, CRO *****

CONFIRMED: Schalke centre-back Joel Matip to join Liverpool this summer

Set to leave Schalke on the expiry of his contract this summer, Cameroonian centre-back Joel Matip has announced his decision to join Liverpool.

18.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen, im Bild Zweikampf Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) - Nils Petersen (#9 Muenchen)// during 1. FBL FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-09-18. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Rumour Mill: Joel Matip future to be announced this week, Liverpool move “likely”

The future of long-standing Liverpool target Joel Matip is believed to be revealed this week, with the centre-back rejecting a contract offer from Schalke.

18.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen, im Bild Zweikampf Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) - Nils Petersen (#9 Muenchen)// during 1. FBL FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-09-18. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Joel Matip urged to join “super” Liverpool by ex-Schalke star

With Schalke defender Joel Matip linked with a summer move to Liverpool, former S04 man Christoph Metzelder has described the club as a “super destination”.

18.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen, im Bild Zweikampf Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) - Nils Petersen (#9 Muenchen)// during 1. FBL FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-09-18. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Liverpool “make offer” for Schalke centre-back Joel Matip – reports

Liverpool have made their interest in Schalke centre-back Joel Matip concrete with an official bid this week, according to reports.

18.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen, im Bild Zweikampf Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) - Nils Petersen (#9 Muenchen)// during 1. FBL FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-09-18. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Liverpool ‘agree deal in principle’ for centre-back Joel Matip

Schalke defender Joel Matip has reportedly agreed a deal with Liverpool.

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Jurgen Klopp ‘wants experienced defender on loan this week’

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly looking to add an experienced defender to his side this week, with Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic in his sights.

18.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen, im Bild Zweikampf Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) - Nils Petersen (#9 Muenchen)// during 1. FBL FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-09-18. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Comparison: Joel Matip vs. Sakho and Lovren

One player who could arrive to help solve Liverpool’s defensive crisis this January is Schalke centre-back Joel Matip.

02.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkrichen, GER, UEFA EURO 2012 Qualifikation, Deutschland (GER) vs Oesterreich (AUT), im Bild ...Benedikt Hˆwedes / Hoewedes (Deutschland , Schalke 04). // during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying round Germany vs Austria at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen 2011-09-02 EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Mueller ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

5 centre-back options for injury-hit Liverpool this January

With Liverpool struggling with a number of injuries to their centre-back ranks this January, Jurgen Klopp may need to turn to the transfer market.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 30, 2015: Melwood Training Ground ahead of Liverpool's UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Sion. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic arrives in Liverpool for medical

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is closing in on his first signing after Serbian teenager Marko Grujic arrived on Merseyside for a medical.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 13, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp during the Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. (Pic by James Maloney/Propaganda)

“Nothing wilder” – Jurgen Klopp on transfer silly season in England

Speaking to German press this week, Jurgen Klopp has discussed the many links between Liverpool and players from around Europe.

18.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen, im Bild Zweikampf Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) - Nils Petersen (#9 Muenchen)// during 1. FBL FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-09-18. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Liverpool ‘considering’ £4 million bid for Joel Matip, Schalke offer contract

Liverpool could look to take advantage of Schalke’s financial plight and bid for centre-back Joel Matip in January, according to reports.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 20, 2015: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel goes off injured during the Premier League match against Watford at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Martin Skrtel injury could see Liverpool move for Joel Matip in January

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly lining up a bid for Schalke defender Joel Matip.

18.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen, im Bild Zweikampf Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) - Nils Petersen (#9 Muenchen)// during 1. FBL FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-09-18. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Joel Matip: Profiling the Schalke centre-back on Liverpool’s radar

Joel Matip represents a realistic transfer option for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp looks to beef up his squad, and the Schalke defender could be a strong addition.

18.09.2011, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 1. FBL, FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen, im Bild Zweikampf Joel Matip (#32 Schalke) - Nils Petersen (#9 Muenchen)// during 1. FBL FC Schalke 04 vs FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, GER, 2011-09-18. EXPA Pictures © 2011, PhotoCredit: EXPA/ nph/ Kurth ****** out of GER / CRO / BEL ******

Jurgen Klopp keen to sign Schalke defender Joel Matip – reports

According to reports on Wednesday evening, Jurgen Klopp is eyeing up a move for highly-rated Schalke centre-back Joel Matip next summer.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - Sunday, November 16, 2014: Belgium's Toby Alderweireld in action against Wales during the UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifying Group B game at the King Baudouin [Heysel] Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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