Schalke defender Joel Matip is set to announce that he is leaving the club to join Liverpool, according to a report in German publication Revier Sport .

The Cameroonian international’s contract with the German club expires this summer, and despite them offering him a new deal to stay at the club, he is expected to leave to join Jurgen Klopp’s side on a free transfer.

According to the report, the defender is expected to announce his decision before Schalke’s game with Mainz on Friday evening.

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Schalke will try one final time to keep the 24-year-old at the club, but it appears that he has his heart set on a move having been at the club since he was nine-years-old.

When asked why he wants to leave, he said:

The opportunity to gain new experiences, learn a new language and experience a different type of football.

Liverpool’s defending has been a concern for Klopp ever since he arrived at club, so it makes sense that he’ll look to bring in somebody he knows a lot about having seen Matip up close during his time managing Borussia Dortmund.