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Matip and Thiago to leave Liverpool as free agents

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Liverpool duo Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara are set to leave the club when their contracts expire this summer.

Matip has played 201 times for the Reds in his eight years at Anfield, scoring 11 times.

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The 32-year-old has not featured since December after rupturing his ACL against Fulham but will get a send-off in the final game of the season against Wolves on Sunday.

The ex-Cameroon international was a key part of the team that won the Champions League in 2019 and he even got the assist for Divock Origi’s goal late on.

He has been a brilliant servant under Jurgen Klopp and will remember his time on Merseyside fondly.

Speaking after the club announced his departure, he said: “It has been eight wonderful years here in Liverpool.

“I was allowed to be part of an exciting history with a great coach and an astonishing team in an extraordinary club.

“We have achieved great titles and have the best fans in the world.”

Klopp labelled Matip as the best free transfer ever and says it is impossible to say anything bad about him.

Thiago will depart alongside the defender after making 98 appearances since joining from Bayern Munich in 2020.

Like Matip, the Spaniard has seen limited minutes on the pitch this season due to injury.

The 33-year-old missed the first half of the season with a hip issue before returning in February, only to pick up a muscle issue that has kept him sidelined since.

His message to the Liverpool fans was: “Appreciation and gratitude – they are two words that come to mind on the day I have to say goodbye to all of you, Reds.”

Klopp also had some kind words for his midfielder.

He added: “Before he even came to Liverpool I believed that if you really love football it would make a lot of sense if you watched Thiago Alcantara play.

“I know injuries have been a frustration for him and also for us but the level that he was able to play at when he was available was incredible. This is what I will remember.”

Mitch Fretton
Mitch Fretton
Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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