Liverpool may be able to push a potential summer move for central defender Joel Matip forward by making Schalke an offer now, according to Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein.
The Reds have been heavily linked with the Cameroon international of late, but reports have indicated that the club are looking to secure his services on a free transfer when his contract in Gelsenkirchen expires at the end of the season.
However, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been rocked by an injury crisis at Anfield, which left him with limited options at centre-back for Friday night’s 2-2 FA Cup draw with League Two outfit Exeter City.
The German was forced to use Tiago Ilori – re-called from an awful loan spell at Aston Villa just days prior to kick-off – and full-back Jose Enrique at the heart of his defence, with Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel having all picked up injuries.
With Matip a central option, speculation of an early move for his services has been mooted, and Honigstein believes that a respectable offer may sway Schalke to sell now.
Speaking on BT Sport (below), he said: “Matip has told the club that he won’t renew his contract in the summer so maybe a big bid now might twist a hand.”
However, Honigstein was less encouraging when speaking about a move for Subotic – whom Klopp coached at Dortmund:
“Dortmund would not want to let him [Subotic] go because they are really relying on him.”
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) January 10, 2016