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Liverpool begin preliminary talks with defender

Liverpool open preliminary talks to extend Joel Matip’s contract

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Liverpool have opened preliminary talks to extend the contract of Joel Matip beyond next summer, according to renowned journalist Pete O’Rourke.

It is believed that while negotiations are not advanced, Jurgen Klopp trusts the 32-year-old and is keen to keep him around, despite his age.

Matip is one of the senior players whose contract will expire in 2024 alongside Thiago Alcantara. The former Cameroon international moved to Anfield on a free transfer from Bundesliga side Schalke 04 in 2016.

He has racked up 191 appearances, scored 11 goals, and provided six assists across all competitions – helping Klopp’s side win several titles including the Champions League, Premier League, Club World Cup, and Emirates FA Cup.

Matip, who has featured in four games this season revealed in his recent interview that he wants to stay at Liverpool.

“Here in Liverpool, with these absolutely top conditions, you can’t just leave,” he told Sky Germany.

“I also feel incredibly comfortable here in my private life. I think it’s desirable not to constantly change clubs.

“But everyone has to decide that for themselves. In any case, I find consistency helpful.”

He added: “If in the end it was just [Schalke and Liverpool], I would be perfectly happy. But in football you never know for sure.”

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