Liverpool fans react on Twitter to Joel Matip deal, Hyypia comparison made

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Liverpool have agreed to sign defender Joel Matip from Schalke.

Liverpool have already started their summer transfer business, having confirmed on their official website today that they have agreed to sign Schalke star Joel Matip.

The Reds agreed two deals in January, snapping up Steven Caulker on loan from QPR and signing Serbian wonderkid Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade.

Now, manager Jurgen Klopp has made a shrewd move in the transfer market, having agreed a summer deal for Joel Matip.

The Cameroon international, 24, has been on the books with Schalke since 2000, meaning he has spent all of his professional career with the Gelsenkirchen club.

Capable of playing at centre back or in holding midfield, the 6ft 4in star has strength and pace as well as technical ability, meaning he is potentially perfect for Klopp's side.

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp will be very familiar with Matip given how important he was for rivals Schalke, but now the duo will be on the same side next season after Matip agreed to join the Reds on a free transfer this summer.

Since the deal was confirmed, Liverpool fans have been giving their reactions, with many delighted to see such a promising player arrive for absolutely nothing ahead of next season.

Others wondered what the news means for Dejan Lovren's future at Anfield, and Matip even earned an early comparison to Liverpool hero Sami Hyypia - and if he can have that kind of impact at centre back, Liverpool have got themselves a real star.

Here are some of the reactions from Liverpool fans after snapping up Matip...

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