Liverpool are set to announce the Bosman signing of Schalke defender Joel Matip, according to the Mirror.
The report claims that 24-year-old will join up with the Liverpool squad in July and will put pen-to-paper on a four-year deal on Merseyside.
Matip has enjoyed a fine season for Schalke - he has played in every Bundesliga game for the club so far this season - so should prove quite the coup for Jurgen Klopp as he goes in search of improving his side in the defensive department.
SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250 word test article: https://gms.to/haveyoursay5
The towering defender has been a model of consistency in Germany's elite division over many years; he's brilliant in the air, very quick and extremely versatile, so there's no reason why he wouldn't be able to get to grips with the demands of the Premier League.
It's certainly not surprising that Klopp is set to bring him to English soil. Liverpool have struggled defensively for far too long and the club's revered manager has failed to completely implement his philosophy on a consistent basis throughout his early tenure.
In fact, Liverpool have conceded more goals than any other team in the top-half of the Premier League this term. Even Swansea City, who sit in 16th position in the table, have conceded less goals than the Reds.
The likes of Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren have been far too inconsistent for a club with aspirations of being towards the summit of the division.
Ultimately, the dynamic has to change ahead of the new season. This campaign just hasn't been good enough and clearly changes are required.
Dynamic is changing
But things are starting to look up for the club; Sunday's emphatic 6-0 win over strugglers Aston Villa should come as a boost for all involved ahead of the side's Wembley showdown against rivals Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final.
This season certainly hasn't been one to remember for the Kop but securing silverware later this month should change the mood around the club.
Klopp still has a great deal to do in pursuit of success - a full pre-season should help him and his side - but it appears that it's going to take him a lengthy period to completely stamp his mark on the club.
The experienced manager shouldn't be judged just yet, but it will be interesting to see how he gets on next season. Let's be honest, it's unlikely that Matip will be the only one arriving through the Anfield gates in the summer.
Liverpool fans: will Matip be a good signing for your club? Have your say below!