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Liverpool defender Joel Matip has signed a new long-term contract with the Premier League leaders, extending his stay at Anfield to the summer of 2024.

The 28-year-old former Cameroon international’s previous deal was set to expire at the end of the season. Jurgen Klopp has now moved to secure the future of a man who has gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months.

Signed from Bundesliga side Schalke on a free transfer in the summer of 2016, Matip was a key figure in Liverpool’s Champions League victory last season and has now formed arguably the best centre-back pairing in the Premier League – if not in Europe – with Virgil van Dijk.

Prior to this season, Matip had been rotated with the likes of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren but he has now started six of Liverpool’s eight games in the league this term, and scored in the 3-1 win over Arsenal in August.

Klopp’s side have looked near unbeatable with Matip and Van Dijk at the back, and head into Sunday’s game with Manchester United eight points clear of Manchester City with eight wins from eight.

Indeed, Matip has not been on the losing side in any of his last 35 Premier League appearances.

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