Liverpool signs a contract with a player from Germany almost every year. They signed them from Mainz (Loris Karius), Augsburg ( Ragnar Klavan), RB Leipzig (Nabi Keita), Bayern (Thiago Alcantara), and after four and a half years they cooperate again with Schalke, from whom Klopp first took Joel Matip, and now - Ozan Kabak The Turkish defender is a new player of the English champion since he passed complicated medical examinations on the last day of the January transfer window and signed for the Reds within the time limit.
It is a loan until the end of the season, after which the giant from Anfield will have to choose whether to buy the 20-year-old defender or return him to Gelsenkirchen. At the Veltins Arena, they demanded that the option of must-buy should be included in the contract, but the Premier League persisted in its intention to first see a part of the "2000" class talent and only on the basis of his performance during the spring part of the championship assess whether it is worth further engagement.
In Liverpool, Kabak will have the task of patching a hole in the defense caused by great personnel problems, which pushed Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip out of the machine.
Occasionally, Fabinho jumped into the backline - he even looked decent - but as the Brazilian is still the midfielder, and Liverpool is entering a sensitive part of the season, Klopp did not want to take risks.
He bought two defenders (first Ben Davis from Preston), to meet the decisive battles for the defense of the title in the Premier League and an attempt to attack another Champions League trophy. So, as we said above, the Turkish defender is a new player of the English champion since he passed complicated medical examinations on the last day of the January transfer window and signed for the Reds within the time limit.
Kabak has been in high demand among European giants in recent months. In Italy, they identified him as a footballer capable of making a difference, Milan and Inter wanted him, but they failed to agree with Schalke. Liverpool did.
And it happened for the amount of 3,000,000 euros, which is how much the loan of a player educated in the younger categories of Galatasaray will cost. Stuttgart paid 11,000,000 euros in January 2019, and Schalke signed him for 15,000,000 only six months later.
The sums show that he is worth it. Liverpool can sign him for the amount between 25,000,000 and 30,000,000 euros if they decide to buy him at the end of the season. Kabak, meanwhile, has played 42 games for Schalke and despite being part of the Bundesliga's worst defense (49 goals conceded in 19 rounds), Jurgen Klopp sees a solution in him.