Liverpool are unlikely to move on Joel Matip in the summer transfer window, according to reports. The 29-year-old defender recently sustained an ankle injury that has ruled him out for the remainder of the season.
This comes from The ECHO. They say that Liverpool are in no immediate rush to offload the Cameroonian defender following a number of exit reports.
According to The Independent, Liverpool have been scouring the market for central defensive reinforcements in the hope that the incoming player will directly replace Matip.
However, whether or not deadline-day signings Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were acquired with that in mind remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, The ECHO have reported that Liverpool could look to keep Matip beyond this season, with the former Schalke star contracted at Anfield until 2024.
Ian Doyle held a Q&A for the ECHO on Wednesday afternoon. Naturally, supporters asked about transfers – including the future of current stars such as Matip.
Fans specifically wanted more insight into the future of Matip, who has been limited to just 10 Premier League appearances this season. Doyle had an answer, too – his instinct tells him that Matip will be retained beyond the 2020/21 campaign.
“He’s injured his ankle ligaments and won’t be playing again this season,” he wrote. “With his contract running until 2024, there’s no rush to move Matip on.
“It may well be that next term Liverpool have a surfeit of centre-backs – just in case.”
What RTK has to say
This makes sense from a Liverpool perspective. Matip, after all, still has three years remaining on his contract.
Also, he’ll be 30 come to the beginning of next season. With that said, it’s unlikely Liverpool could command a significant asking price for the player, especially given his woeful record with injury.
Moreover, Liverpool will surely think twice about allowing a senior centre-back to leave in the summer given the controversy that has followed the decision to allow Lovren to depart.
The Reds will want as much cover as they can possibly get in that department. To avoid the risk of shortages in that area, it makes sense to keep Matip, for another year at least.