Liverpool preparing long-term contract for £100,000-a-week defender

Joel Matip has reportedly seen his Reds contract extended by a year after the Merseyside club triggered a clause in his deal. Cameroon international’s contract was due to expire in the summer of 2020, but such have been the great displays that Liverpool have chosen to keep him for an extra season.

It had been reported that Reds were considering offering the defender an entirely new contract, but Liverpool have extended the current deal by a year. Joel has been at Anfield since 2016 when he arrived on a free transfer from Schalke 04 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the Merseyside club.

While Matip has not always been a fixture in the first team, he was excellent in the second half of last campaign and started alongside Virgil van Dijk as Reds narrowly fell short in the Premier League title race and won the Champions League.

The 28-year-old centre-back appeared to have lost his place over the transfer window, with Joe Gomez starting the Community Shield and opening Premier League game of the campaign, but Cameroonian defender has returned, starting the last three league matches and scoring against Arsenal.

Reds legend Jamie Carragher is pleased to see him back in the club and was very surprised to see that German manager had dropped him. ‘I couldn’t believe Joel didn’t start the campaign,’ Carragher said. ‘His performances at the back end of the last campaign were outstanding.

‘When he’s come in I think he’s made a difference to Liverpool. “For me, at this moment it seems a bit more solid with Matip in there.’