Pearce: Liverpool trigger Matip contract extension
- The Cameroonian initially signed a deal until the summer of 2020.
- Liverpool have secured his services up until 2021 now.
- Matip is one of the key men in Klopp's squad and van Dijk's regular partner in the centre of defence.
Liverpool have triggered the 12-month contract extension in Joel Matip's contract with the Reds. That's according to The Athletic's James Pearce.
After joining Liverpool from Bundesliga side Schalke back in 2016, Matip initially signed a four-year deal that is due to expire next summer.
"It has emerged that Liverpool have triggered an option in the original agreement to extend it by an extra 12 months," Pearce writes. "As a result, the services of the former Cameroon international, who has started the season in fine form, have been retained until the summer of 2021."
The news is definitely relieving: Matip has been a solid partner to Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence, adding his trademark clearances and forward runs to the Dutchman's vision and positioning.
Liverpool FC have not confirmed the news yet but given James Pearce is one of the most reliable sources when it comes to the Reds, it's safe to say the extension has really been triggered.
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