Matip to join Liverpool.

Bundesliga side Schalke announced Joel Matip will be joining Liverpool on a free transfer after his contract expires at the end of the season, and the 24-year-old defender told Schalke's official website: "I have always said that I would only leave Schalke to try something new and moving to another Bundesliga club was never an option.

"Although my decision was not easy, I am convinced that now is the right time to take this step.

"Schalke 04 will remain special to me. I was always proud to play for this great club and I will do everything possible in the coming months to get the most out of this season."

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