Sunday 22 April 2018

What Liverpool fans can expect from new signing Joel Matip

Here is more information on Liverpool's latest signing, Schalke defender Joel Matip.

Matip will move on a free transfer when his current contract with the Bundesliga side expires this summer, and reports have suggested he is set to be on a four-year deal at Anfield.The latest reports suggest it will be a four-year deal on which he signs.

So have Liverpool pulled off a scalp by signing Matip? We take a closer look at the defender...

The 24-year-old plays as a central defender for Schalke, usually lining up on the right side of a centre-back pairing.

At 6ft 3in Matip is a commanding presence at the back, however he has the ability to play in defensive midfield when called upon. Statistics show he has a pass success rate of above 90 per cent in the three Champions League games he has played this season. He also has an eye for goal, netting three times in 21 Bundesliga appearances and once in the Champions League.

Matip's greatest strength however is without the ball. His tackling, concentration and ball interception ability are considered among the strongest attributes of the Schalke youth product.

Wearing the number 32 shirt (a number he may need to change with Cameron Brannagan currently occupying it at Liverpool) Matip has helped Schalke up to fifth in the Bundesliga this season, just two points behind third place.

German-born, Matip plays at international level for Cameroon, with whom he has 27 caps and one goal, scored against Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.

He made his Bundesliga debut at the age of 18, playing as a midfielder and scoring in a 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich in November 2009, and has over 200 senior club appearances to his name.

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