Liverpool defender Joel Matip signs new long-term contract

Date published: Friday 18th October 2019 5:31

Liverpoool have announced that defender Joel Matip has signed a new five-year contract at the club.

Matip, whose existing deal was due to expire next summer, has established himself as first-choice alongside Virgil Van Dijk this season despite strong competition from Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren.

The former Cameroon international is set to return to the side for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United, where Liverpool will look to equal Manchester City’s Premier League record of 18 successive victories, after missing the last two matches with a knock.

“It’s a great feeling to be a longer part of the club,” Matip told the Reds’ official website.

“From outside, you know Liverpool is such a big club – but when you are inside, then you really get a feeling for how big the club is.

“We have a young and talented team and I think every one of us is hungry. Now we’ve seen how it is to win something [the Champions League] and we want to have that feeling again.

 

“There are a lot of things still to achieve. You never know how it will end, you just have to work hard and do the best you can do. Then we will see. It is an honour to be a part of the club. It makes me happy that people think I’ve done a good job and they want to keep me.”

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp was also delighted with the contract extension, saying: “Joel’s journey at Liverpool is one I love and I am absolutely delighted he has shown his commitment to us by signing this new long-term contract.

“As the team has evolved and become better, so too has Joel. I said earlier this year that signing a player of his quality is one of the best, incredible pieces of business we’ve done since I started here – and I think now that’s something everyone can see.”

Liverpool sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League table heading into Sunday’s trip to Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Klopp has played down comments from Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who suggested that Sunday’s game was the “perfect” chance for his side to kick-start their season.

 

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