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Twitter Reacts as Liverpool Agree Deal to Sign Joel Matip from Schalke

Schalke's Cameroonian defender Joel Matip celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 v 1 FSV Mainz 05, in Gelsenkirchen, on September 13, 2015.  AFP PHOTO / SASCHA SCHUERMANN  RESTRICTIONS: DURING MATCH TIME: DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE TO 15 PICTURES PER MATCH AND FORBID IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO.  == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050.        (Photo credit should read SASCHA SCHUERMANN/AFP/Getty Images)
Tom WebbUK Staff WriterFebruary 15, 2016

Schalke announced on Monday that defender Joel Matip had agreed to join Liverpool at the end of the season, per the club's official Twitter account.

Breaking: Schalke confirm defender Joel Matip will join Liverpool at the end of the season.#LFC

— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) February 15, 2016

Joel Matip has made 63 interceptions in the league this season; at least 16 more than any Liverpool player.

Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 15, 2016

The Cameroonian joins Liverpool from the Bundesliga, a league Reds boss Jurgen Klopp knows well from his time with Borussia Dortmund:

Liverpool to sign Matip on a free transfer - Klopp gets his man from BVB's arch-rivals. Once a Dortmunder, always a Dortmunder, I suppose

— Clark Whitney (@Mr_Bundesliga) February 15, 2016

Nice to see that Klopp still wants Schalke to suffer. ❤️ #echteliebe #matip

— Natalie Hargrave (@nathargrave) February 15, 2016

Horst Heldt, the Schalke manager “His decision is nothing against Schalke . He wants to try something new.” #Matip #LFC

— The30Duke (@DukeLFC) February 15, 2016

Liverpool fans on Twitter seemed pretty happy with the signing:

Great to see Liverpool moving swiftly and decisively in the market, Grujic and Matip in for a full pre-season under Jurgen Klopp. #LFC

— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) February 15, 2016

Welcome to Liverpool, Joel Matip

Spion Klopp (@Jay_78_) February 15, 2016


— JAMƎSØÑ KloppEdition (@FutboIJames) February 15, 2016

Not a bad last 5 days for #LFC

• Ticket Prices Revised
Sturridge, Coutinho & Origi Back.
• 6-0 Rout at Villa
• Joel Matip Signs for #LFC

— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) February 15, 2016

Joel Matip and Marko Grujic signed for a grand total of £5.1million. Shrewd business.

— Dave O’Connell (@DaveOCKOP) February 15, 2016

Matip is a quality signing! #LFC

— Lord Simon (@Sierra__Tango) February 15, 2016

No idea what matip is like but surely he can't be worse than what we have got

— Dean (@DeanEdwards93) February 15, 2016

Joel Matip heading to #LFC at the end of the season. He says he's "looking forward to learning from the great man".

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 15, 2016

While those in the know backed Matip to succeed in the Premier League:

Verstaile, athletic, physical and, above all, composed. Joel #Matip boasts qualities that #LFC have been sorely lacking at CB.

— James Thorogood (@JMThorogood) February 15, 2016

For any #lfc fans wondering about Matip, he's come on leaps and bounds as a CB in last two years. Strong in the air and athletic.

— Kevin Hatchard (@kevinhatchard) February 15, 2016

Matip will move to Anfield at the end of the 2015/16 season.


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