Liverpool have completed the signings of Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies in what proved to be a fairly busy transfer deadline day for the Reds.
With Joel Matip ruled out for the season due to an ankle ligament injury he suffered against Tottenham last week, Liverpool were forced to change their stance and go ahead and make two deadline signings.
The Premier League Champions hijacked Celtic’s move for Preston North End defender Ben Davies. The 25-year-old joined Liverpool for an initial 500k pound deal with a further 1.1 million pounds in installments after certain targets based on appearances are met. A 20% sell-on clause has also been added to the deal.
Davies has reportedly signed a 5 year deal with Liverpool and is looking forward to starting as many games as possible. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also admitted that the deal would not have happened if the Reds were not short of options at the back.
“What I like about Ben is it just shows that each situation creates opportunities,”
“I think it’s probably clear that in a normal transfer window, without any issues, we would not look at Preston if there’s a player for us or something like that. It’s not really likely.
“But since we saw him and since our situation got clearer and clearer – the problems we had – when we saw him we got really excited about it and thought: ‘Wow.’ He’s a boy who played his whole life for Preston, is around the corner pretty much. We see the potential really. I love a lot about his play. He’s a really good footballer, looks like a proper leader in this Preston team.”
Ozan Kabak was a deadline day move with a loan deal
Liverpool also completed a loan deal for talented Turkish defender Ozan Kabak from Schalke. They also have an option to buy him at the end of this season for a reported 18 million pounds. The 20-year-old was one of the summer targets for the Merseyside club after receiving glowing recommendations from the then Schalke manager and a very close friend of Klopp- David Wagner but were put off with Schalke’s asking price of 30 million pounds.
With Schalke suffering from the financial crisis and their awful performances this year has put them on the verge of relegation, they had no option but to sanction a cut-price deal for their prized.
The Turkey international however wasn’t the first choice target for Liverpool on the deadline day, a move was made for Marseille defender Duje Caleta Car, but the move couldn’t happen due to the French club unable to sign a replacement in time.
There were a few outgoings for the club as well, Takumi Minamino made a switch to Southampton in the 11th hour and Sepp Van Den Berg made a switch to Deepdale.
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