John Aldridge comments on Liverpool signing Joel Matip

Matip will join Liverpool from Schalke in the summer, it was announced yesterday.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said he is pleased that the club are already planning ahead to next season after they announced the signing of Joel Matip from Schalke - with the central defender set to join the Reds in the summer. 

He will be the second signing to join the Reds next season after the £5.1 million signing of Marko Grujic in January from Red Star Belgrade - and the Serbian was then loaned back to the club for the remainder of the season.

Despite admitting to not know much about the player, Aldridge feels that landing him on a free represents good business for the club.

He wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "I won't profess to be an expert on this lad, but he's got good pedigree, decent experience and, I'm told, excellent aerial ability. And we all know how much we need that!

"Getting him in on a free represents excellent business. It helps fix a problem without taking a chunk out of our budget, which is a bonus.

"Hopefully he will prove to be a little gem of a signing."

Liverpool have struggled to defend set-pieces this season so signing a tall defender like Matip is something that Jurgen Klopp hopes he will address come the start of next season.

It is interesting that a little bit of transfer activity has been done now, and not for large sums of money. There seems to be some careful consideration and looking at players who might be going for a relatively small amount who the manager feels can do a job for the Reds. The rebuilding of his squad, to an extent, appears to have started.

Liverpool need to tighten up at the back at the start of next season, and this early signing is one that Klopp hopes will prove to be a success. 

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