After being pleased with Ozan Kabak’s growth in recent months. Liverpool is ready to exercise their buy option in his loan deal. The Reds had been monitoring Ozan Kabak for some time before agreeing to a loan deal in January. They took him in to help cover for the long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip.
Will Liverpool Agree For A Permanent Deal For Ozan Kabak?
Liverpool paid a premium of around £1.5 million upfront as part of the agreement and secured the opportunity to make it permanent in the summer for a further £18 million. Sources have reported that Liverpool intends to exercise that decision.
Kabak has settled in and made himself fit for a permanent place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad after a tumultuous start to life at Anfield. The 21-year-old has made nine appearances in all competitions so far, and he’s getting better with each passing week.
Liverpool is looking for a second center-back to strengthen their weak defense next season, in addition to Kabak. It is unclear when Van Dijk and Gomez would be eligible for regular minutes. With Matip’s long-term future at the club in question, Liverpool believes another center-back will be a wise signing.
The confusion led Liverpool to sign Ben Davies in January. The 25-year-old is not seen as a long-term solution at the back for the Reds.
There is competition in RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate, but an agreement is not close to being completed, according to sources in Germany. The Reds are still considering all options.
The most interesting point for Klopp is that he does not believe it is possible to field Fabinho or Jordan Henderson in defense next season. Both midfielders have performed admirably in that role. Club officials feel their absence in the center of the field has exacerbated the club’s defensive issues this season.
With Kabak’s arrival, Fabinho has been able to return to the heart of Liverpool’s midfield. Klopp is looking for another new face to ensure the Brazilian remains there next season.