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Liverpool make offer to sign international Bundesliga defender

Football - FC Schalke 04 v Stoke City - Pre Season Friendly - Kufstein Arena, Kufstein, Austria - 14/15 - 29/7/14 Joel Matip - FC Schalke Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Alan Walter EDITORIAL USE ONLY.

Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern are sticking to water this afternoon after a heavy night drinking as they celebrated progression to the Capital One Cup final at Wembley- but they’ve been given more reason to get excited.

Sky Sports states Liverpool have made an offer to Schalke for the services of Cameroon international Joel Matip, with the intention of completing the signing before Monday’s deadline.

Liverpool have held long-term interest in Matip, who sees his contract with Schalke expire in the summer, and the German club are keen for him to sign a new deal. However, the defender has told the club he wants to leave.

Jurgen Klopp’s quest to bolster his defensive options means he has accelerated an approach for Matip, rather than signing him on a free transfer this summer, though they face competition from two unnamed French sides for his signature.

Our landlord believes Matip would be a shrewd acquisition for the Reds and would bolster their chances of securing Champions League football for Klopp’s first full campaign at Anfield.

Liverpool fans, is Matip the signing you need? Let us know in the comments below!

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