Schalke defender Joel Matip has signed a pre-contract agreement with Liverpool and will move to Merseyside in the summer when his contract with the German club expires.

Matip will become the latest free agent to join the Reds, and it’s fair to say that Liverpool have had mixed results when signing players on a free.

However, despite past history suggesting that free transfers often fail at Liverpool, there is room for optimism when it comes to Matip, as he is still only a relatively young player.

But who exactly is Joel Matip? If you aren’t a regular viewer of Bundesliga football, you might not know much about him.

Well don’t fear, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a fact-file on Matip that you can study to impress your mates down the pub.

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