Cameroonian defender Joel Matip has signed a new deal with European champions Liverpool until the summer of 2024.
The 28-year-old who has been hampered by injuries at the club has scored two goals in nine appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season and has been the preferred partner of Van Dijk in the Liverpool defense instead of Dejan Lovren.
In a statement, Liverpool said: “Joel Matip has today signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool Football Club.
“The center-back put pen to paper on the deal at Melwood on Friday afternoon, committing his future to the Reds.
Speaking on the new deal, Matip said: “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.
“We have a young and talented team and I think every one of us is hungry. Now we’ve seen how it is to win something and we want to have that feeling again. There are a lot of things still to achieve. You never know how it will end, you just have to work hard and do the best you can do. Then we will see.
Matip joined Liverpool on a free transfer from FC Schalke 04 in the summer of 2016 after graduating through the German club’s youth ranks and making more than 250 senior appearances for them-194 of which were in the Bundesliga.
The 28-year-old has since gone on to represent Liverpool in 107 occasions scoring five goals in the process.