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Joel Matip signs a new long-term deal at Liverpool

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Defender Joel Matip has committed his future to Liverpool after signing a new long-term contract with the European champions.

Matip, who joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 on a free transfer from Schalke 04, has established himself as Jurgen Klopp’s first-choice to partner Virgil Van Dijk in the heart of the Reds defence.

The 28-year-old’s impressive performances have, in fact, left Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez on the fringes.

And, with his original contract set to expire next summer, Liverpool have acted swiftly in tying down Matip to a new deal. While nothing has been confirmed yet, he’s reportedly signed on until 2024.

“It’s a great feeling to be a longer part of the club. It’s really just a great feeling,” Matip told the club’s 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. In all the countries, the supporters are everywhere. It’s a massive and big club that I think every player would want to play for.

“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 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.”

The former Cameroon international will return to action for Sunday’s visit to Old Trafford, where Liverpool will hope to beat old rivals Manchester United and maintain their perfect start to the Premier League season.

Three points will also see Klopp’s men equal Manchester City’s league record of 18 consecutive wins.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Joel Matip of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Arsenal FC at Anfield on August 24, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)