Liverpool defender rumoured to meet Fenerbahce President

Fenerbahce President Ali Koc travelled to London last week to meet with Joel Matip’s representative and discuss a January loan move for the defender with Liverpool.

According to AMK Spor, Fenerbahce are willing to acquire his services for the rest of the season and hoped to convince the Merseysiders to part with him.

Given Joe Matip’s status in Liverpool’s pecking order, the Turkish side might have had luck in prising him away from Merseyside if not for a poorly timed injury to the centre-back, who will be out until the New Year.

The Cameroon international played 90 minutes Wednesday as his side beat Burnley 3-1, the same match in which Joe Gomez suffered his injury.

However, it was only the fourth start of the season, so it was always unlikely he’d be at his best given how little he’s played. He got another 90 minutes under his belt Saturday as the Reds beat Bournemouth 4-0.

Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the 27-year-old’s displays, and it’s an encouraging sign for Liverpool, particularly as they will need to rest key man Virgil van Dijk at times during the busy festive schedule if possible.

Joel Matip could be an important figure in that run with Gomez out.