Liverpool are set to trigger the buy-in option for Ozan Kabak while being in the final stages of the Ibrahima Konate deal. The Premier League Champions have suffered a lot with injuries this season which saw them lose Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip for the whole season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a result was forced to use many alternatives in the heart of the defense, which saw the likes of Fabinho and club captain Jordan Henderson play as makeshift center-backs.
Injuries to both of them saw the rise of academy youngsters Rhys Williams and Nat Philips into the first-team picture. Liverpool were in dire need of reinforcements in the January transfer window and as a result, they signed two players to bolster their defense.
Ozan Kabak might be moving permanently to Liverpool
Ozan Kabak joined the team on a short-term deal from Schalke and Ben Davies joined on a permanent deal from Preston. The 25-year-old is yet to make an appearance for the Reds, but the Turkey International has booked his place in the starting 11 and has done a pretty decent job for the side.
Kabak and Philips are currently the first-choice center-back pairing for the reds as Klopp desperately looks for some stability at the back after having already used more than fifteen different center-back partnerships. They both have played more minutes together than any other center-back pairing this season.
Nat Phillips might not be the long-term solution for the defense but they will have to decide whether they want to activate the buy option for the talented Turkey international as the deadline approaches. According to some reports, Kabak might be available for 18m pounds plus add-ons but a final decision has not been made yet by the side.
Liverpool have been linked with RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate for the past few weeks and it looks like the France international could be available for a fee around the region of thirty-two million pounds.
Going into the next season Klopp will have to make a decision for Kabak which will put a question mark over Matip’s future. They will most certainly want to have five center-back options available next season as they look to reclaim the Premier League trophy next season.
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