Liverpool look set to miss out on a young player who has been embroiled in controversy in recent weeks, according to reports.
Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner had been monitoring his development closely before he was sacked and replaced by Manuel Baum at the Gelsenkirchen club this week. Before he left his post, the ex-Terriers tactician described Kabak as one of the “most talented defenders of his age in Europe”.
However, the Turkish defender was recently suspended by the German football association (DFB) after he was caught spitting in the direction of Werder Bremen’s Ludwig Augustinsson. He was slapped with a five-game suspension and fined €15,000 (£13,589) for his repulsive act, as per AA.
Liverpool were looking to bring him in before this incident, as transfer expert Nicolo Schira confirmed that Schalke rejected an “important” bid from Liverpool of €24m (£21.7m) in the last few weeks. He added that AC Milan have also offered a much lower bid of €15m (£13.5m) with add-ons.
Liverpool could be counting their blessings that the deal hasn’t gone ahead and may not be in for him at all after his suspension was confirmed. The last thing that the Reds need is any troublesome figures in such a strong and harmonious squad that has just won the club’s first league title in 30 years.
Players like El-Hadji Diouf and Luis Suarez have seen their reputations damaged due to actions that they both carried out in the red shirt over the years and Jurgen Klopp cannot afford to have any repeats of such controversies.
As a result, he may be content with sticking with Fabinho to stand in defensively for the time being if injuries to Joe Gomez and Joel Matip reoccur.
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