Liverpool fans have expressed their elation on social media after defender Joel Matip signed a new deal at Anfield.
The centre-half has been rewarded with a deal described as ‘long-term’ by the club for his magnificent form over the past year or so.
Matip said, as quoted by the club’s official website: “It’s a great feeling to be a longer part of the club. It’s really just a great feeling.
“From outside, you know Liverpool is such a big club – but when you are inside, then you really get a feeling for how big the club is. In all the countries, the supporters are everywhere. It’s a massive and big club that I think every player would want to play for.”
Matip has become a huge fans’ favourite at Liverpool after coming into the starting XI as a regular around this time last year.
The Cameroonian replaced Joe Gomez after the England international suffered a leg break against Burnley.
So good were his performances, that Matip kept his place alongside Virgil van Dijk after Gomez had recovered and was key in the Reds winning their sixth European title earlier this year.
Matip’s great form has continued into 2019/20, and the news of his extension has delighted the masses.
Liverpool fans react
Many Liverpool fans on Twitter expressed their joy over the surprise announcement:
— Inder (@inderghandial) 18 October 2019
VAMMMOSSS MY CAMEROONIAN PRINCE!!!! pic.twitter.com/kfVXmPbPq4
— Niraj G (@Niraj_G10) 18 October 2019
BIG JOELLLL SIUUUUUU
— Jim (@LFCJim7) 18 October 2019
BEST DAY EVER
— cal (@calthomasss) 18 October 2019
— Peter Williams (@p_williams_0151) 18 October 2019
Music to my ears pic.twitter.com/OJfAmbEtk8
— Bassam (@BassamLFC) 18 October 2019
Congratulations. You deserve it, Matip! 💪🏻
— LFC 360 (@LFC_360) 18 October 2019
The news I’ve been waiting for a while.
— Faroouk (@Ojfarouk) 18 October 2019
So happy for Matip man. Had a promising 16/17. Then got setbacks at 17/18 and had a strong ending to 18/19 and has started strongly this season. Similar to Divock. Many more success to come in his prime #LFC pic.twitter.com/PjmAtC1ivm
— Irvin_ (@LfcOkx) 18 October 2019
brilliant to hear Joel Matip has signed a new 5 year deal. Throughly deserved. His performances have been exemplary #LFC
— John Paul Walsh 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@jpwred316) 18 October 2019
Joël Matip has become a world class defender over the past 12 months. He fully deserves a new 5 year deal and it’s good to get another important player tied up to a long term contract.
— – (@LFCAnfieldLFC_) 18 October 2019
Matip must’ve got assurances to sign a deal. He’s been outstanding for a long time now and has nailed his place next to VVD. Fully deserved
— John 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@wiltch82LFC) 18 October 2019