Liverpool’s starting XI is unlikely to change much over the summer. There is no need to spend big on improving the first team because it would be an incredibly expensive endeavour. Instead much of the business at Anfield over the summer will be centred around trimming the fat and strengthening the bench. According to reports in Cameroon, PSG are looking at Joel Matip as a potential replacement for Thiago Silva.
A shrewd signing
The Reds signed Matip from Schalke on a free transfer back in 2016. The Cameroonian arrived with bags of potential and regularly showed glimpses of his quality in a shaky Reds backline.
However, the towering defender was inconsistent at best and at a point there were rumours of an impending departure.
These rumours were put to bed after the long limbed enforcer was thrust into the starting lineup by a Joe Gomez injury. Joel never looked back and for a time was one of the finest centre backs on the planet.
The calming influence of Virgil van Dijk obviously helped the ex-Schalke man find his best form and he is now a reliable backup to our two starting centre halves.
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PSG want Matip
According to Kick 442 in Cameroon, PSG are monitoring Joel Matip as a potential replacement for the outgoing Thiago Silva.
The 35-year-old centre back is due to leave the French champions after the conclusion of the Champions League.
This will leave the Parisians with a gap to fill at the back, PSG could do much worse than Joel Matip.
Given that the Cameroonian is calm and composed on the ball and often plays linebreaking passes from defence he would suit the possession based side Thomas Tuchel has assembled.
What RTK has to say
This is a fascinating one. If PSG do want to sign Joel Matip then they would certainly have to pay a handsome fee.
The question is: can Liverpool afford to cash in on Matip and replace him with a younger backup?
If we could make a sizeable profit out of selling Matip and buying Ben White then this wouldn’t be an awful piece of business.
However, this would all hinge on the French champions stumping up a significant amount of cash, on his day there are few defenders in the world on Matip’s level. When he gets a run in the side he is unstoppable, would we really want to strengthen potential Champions League rivals?