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Joël Matip

Liverpool have trigged an option in Joël Matip’s contract to extend his stay at Anfield for another year. This means that the former Cameroon international’s contract will now run until 2021.

Matip inked a 4-year deal with the Reds back in the summer of 2016 when he was brought in on a free from German outfit Schalke. Liverpool are keen to extend his stay at the club longer but this extra 12 months means they don’t need to offer him better terms for the time being. A new deal will obviously still be discussed but there’s no immediate urgency. Instead, the Reds are focusing on a few other things first.

Although James Milner will be 34 in January, Liverpool are looking at extending his stay by another year at least. His existing contract expires at the end of the season and from January 1st he will be free to discuss a pre-transfer with overseas clubs, meaning the Reds could lose him in the summer on a free. Preliminary talks have taken place about an extension and another sit down is expected soon.

Liverpool are also planning talks with Georginio Wijnaldum’s representatives. Like Matip, the Liverpool midfielder’s contract runs until 2021.

Sporting Director Michael Edwards has already tied down Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson, Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Divock Origi to new deals over the last 18 months. It sounds like Edwards will concentrate on Milner before sorting out Matip and Wijnaldum.

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