‘He could leave’ – Journalist claims Liverpool might be open to selling ‘quality’ powerhouse
Liverpool could be open to the possibility of selling Joel Matip in the summer transfer window, although they will not push him ‘towards the door’.
James Pearce, who was answering questions from readers during a matchday Q&A for The Athletic on Saturday, claims that.
The Cameroonian defender, whose contract at Anfield expires in June 2024, was previously linked to a potential £15 million summer transfer (per Football Insider).
The Athletic reports that the journalist said of the 31-year-old: “Matip and Jota have not been placed up for sale. Matip is entering his final year this summer; if he wanted to leave and LFC had a good offer, he could do so, but he’s not being forced out.
Given Matip’s age, it would seem logical from a financial standpoint to think about selling him off if Liverpool received some solid bids.
However, his value to the current Reds squad must not be dismissed. Virgil van Dijk has hailed the Cameroonian’s ‘quality’ in the past (as per LFC’s official website), while the 31-year-old compares very favourably among his positional peers.
As per FBref, the ex-Schalke 04 man ranks among the top 10% of centre-backs in Europe’s five main leagues for progressive carries, assists, touches in the attacking penalty area and non-penalty goals, among other metrics.
Liverpool’s apparent stance seems to be the right one – a decent offer could be worth considering, but by no means should they allow Matip to leave lightly.