John Barnes: This new Liverpool signing could make the difference

John Barnes is excited about the arrival of Joel Matip from Schalke to Liverpool in the summer

John Barnes believes that the arrival of Joel Matip at Liverpool in the summer could give the Reds a huge boost in the defensive department.

The Reds have agreed a deal to sign the defender from Schalke at the end of the season as Jurgen Klopp moved quickly to begin bolstering his squad at Anfield ahead of next season.

The likes of Simon Mignolet and Christian Benteke have come in for criticism at Anfield this season.

However, former Liverpool star Barnes feels that the arrival of Matip could hand the Reds a big defensive boost.

Barnes also feels that Klopp will be on the lookout to make significant reinforcements in all positions during the summer transfer window.

Writing in his blog for Titanbet, Barnes said: “Players like Christian Benteke and Simon Mignolet have come in for criticism, but I’m less interested in thinking about players leaving the club and more excited about the players coming in.

“Liverpool will be bringing Joel Matip to the club in the summer, and if he turns into a commanding centre back for the club, perhaps that will solve the goalkeeping problem, too – with a commanding centre back, Mignolet should be exposed less, and I think Matip can be that player for Liverpool next season.

“But a team like Liverpool should be looking for quality all over the pitch, and if a great player becomes available they should be trying to bring him in and with a manager like Klopp he would be trusted to get the best out of that player.”

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Liverpool are currently gearing up for their trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon as they look to build on their 3-0 win over Manchester City on Wednesday night.

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