Newcastle fans react on Twitter as Joel Matip signs for Liverpool

Newcastle have missed out on another target, with Liverpool snapping up Joel Matip.

Liverpool confirmed on their official website they have secured a deal to sign Joel Matip on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The Schalke star has the potential to be a gem for the Reds and at little risk, but they were not the only Premier League side interested in his signature.

The Chronicle reported last July that Matip was on the list of potential transfer targets being considered by Newcastle United, with rumours escalating ahead of the winter transfer window.

The Northern Echo claimed in October that Matip had become Newcastle's first priority defensive target for January, with the Chronicle even sending a reporter to Germany to scout Matip first hand for a special feature in December.

Yet the mid-season transfer window came and went with the Cameroon international remaining in the Bundesliga, and Newcastle did not even sign a single defender despite their weaknesses at the back.

These were exposed at the weekend as Chelsea ripped them apart at Stamford Bridge in a 5-1 win, which left them in the relegation zone.

Their loss is Liverpool gain, and supporters reacted with disappointment to learn Matip was heading to Anfield...

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