Joel Matip’s stay at Liverpool likely to come to an end

If a good offer comes, Liverpool reportedly won’t prevent Joel Matip from leaving the team this summer. The former Cameroon international, formerly a fan favorite at Anfield, has dropped down the pecking order due to Ibrahima Konate and Virgil van Dijk’s outstanding play.

Matip has made 18 appearances across all leagues this season, scoring just once. He has only started nine Premier League games and two more in the Champions League.

The 31-year-old also failed to get off the bench against Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bournemouth, and Wolverhampton Wanderers and has yet to play a single minute this month.

Matip’s deal with the Reds expires at the end of the upcoming campaign. Therefore if he does not sign a contract extension, Liverpool will lose him on a free transfer in 2024.

The following window is the last chance to negotiate a sizable fee for the former Cameroon international, whose contract expires in the summer of 2024.

After a strong 2021–22 season in which the team came so close to winning a stunning quadruple, Matip is no longer Jürgen Klopp’s first option.

Even though he has also sustained his fair share of injuries, Konate has established himself as Virgil van Dijk’s primary center-back partner.

Matip’s performance has gotten worse recently, as shown by a string of terrible outings earlier this year, notably the 3-0 loss against Wolves in which he scored an own goal.

Matip made an outstanding 43 appearances across all competitions last season, starting 31 games in the Premier League. However, he has only started nine league games this season out of 18 appearances for Klopp’s starting 11.

He joined Liverpool in the summer of 2016 on a free transfer from Schalke, and since then, he has won every major title the club has to offer.

He has made 184 appearances for the team. He is well-liked by the fans, who have come to accept his peculiarities and regularly strong performances.