Jurgen Klopp himself ‘cancelled’ Ozan Kabak’s proposed permanent move to Liverpool this summer, according to a report which emerged on Tuesday.
The Lowdown: Kabak impresses for Liverpool
The Reds suffered horrendous back luck at centre-back last season, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all missing the majority of the campaign through injury.
It meant Kabak had to be signed on loan in February, with the Turkey international arriving from Schalke, tasked with alleviating Liverpool’s issues.
There was an option for the Reds to sign the 21-year-old permanently for £18million, but the decision was made not to continue his stay at Anfield.
The Latest: Klopp called off permanent move
According to Bild [via Sport Witness], Klopp was fully behind the decision not to retain Kabak’s services, despite Pep Lijnders hailing him as a ‘big talent’, with the report claiming simply: “Klopp cancelled it.”
With Ibrahima Konate arriving from RB Leipzig, it appears as though the Liverpool manager simply saw no room for the Turkey international.
The Verdict: Tough call, but a correct one
While Kabak can feel hard done by, considering he played his part in the Reds eventually finishing third in the Premier League after a difficult campaign, Klopp’s decision makes sense.
Liverpool now have Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip and Konate to call upon, as well as possibly Nat Phillips, so Kabak signing as well as could have led to too many players fighting for two places.
Granted, both Gomez and Matip have their injury problems, but the hope is that there should be comfortably enough depth without Kabak moving forward. With six options, it would have been almost impossible to keep everyone happy, fitness permitting.
In other news, some Liverpool fans are positive about the Reds potentially signing one player this summer. Find out who it is here.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience