Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise on the signing on FC Schalke star Joel Matip, who will join the club at the end of the season, according to reports from the Daily Mail.
Matip was heavily linked with a move to Anfield during the January transfer window, with the centre-back’s contract running out this summer.
However, the Reds chose to sign Matip on a Bosman rather than pay a transfer fee last month, with the Cameroon international completing the deal this past week.
The 24-year-old will become Klopp’s second major signing following the capture of Marko Grujic, who will also arrive at the club at the start of the 2016-2017 campaign.
And the German boss is delighted with the capture, claiming that Matip’s six-year experience in the Bundesliga will help him become one of the best defenders in the Premier League.
“He was an easy choice,” said Klopp.
“I know in England it is really difficult to sign a player without paying a transfer fee but I thought it cannot be a reason not to take him.
“You cannot play in a club like Schalke for six years without having big quality. He can be a really good centre-half in the Premier League.”
“‘He’s got over 200 Bundesliga games, played Champions League, played Europa League and was a German Cup winner in 2011. Watch him on YouTube.”
Matip has made 26 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring four goals.