Liverpool have all but quelled any fears their fans have had regarding their back line on Monday after they secured center backs Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak during the Premier League’s Deadline Day. The two center backs have signed differing deals with the defending EPL champions; Davies, 25, has signed a “long-term” deal of indeterminate length from Preston North End, while Kabak, 20, has agreed to a half-year loan deal that could possibly balloon to a new contract if the club elects to keep the Turkish International from Schalke.
The Reds reportedly sent around 1.6 million pounds to Preston, a club that currently competes in the EFL Championship. They also agreed to loan out young, up-and-coming center back Sepp van den Berg to “The Lilywhites” as Klopp and company have all but decided that the Dutchman isn’t ready to line up with the club’s first team. In order to secure Kabak’s services, Liverpool agreed to pay one million pounds to German side Schalke and could give them an additional 500 thousand pounds down the road. If they elect to bring Kabak back full time, they have reportedly agreed to pay 18 million pounds for the transfer.
All this news came on the same day that manager Jürgen Klopp announced that fellow center back Joel Matip will miss the rest of the 2020-21 season after he suffered an ankle ligament injury. So that means that as of right now, Liverpool have only four full time center backs at their disposal and one Jordan Henderson who’s been playing out of position for several matches. Fabinho might also be available for a return as well, and while he’s been largely brilliant at CB, he’s also playing out of position.
This means that both Davies and Kabak will soon be thrown right into the first along with Nathanial Phillips and Rhys Williams. If the two new Reds hope to ingratiate themselves with the Kop, good performances against Manchester City this weekend and RB Leipzig mid month can do just that.
On the other side of Liverpool’s revolving door of Deadline Day drama, it appears set in stone that the Reds will be sending attacking midfielder Takumi Minamino over to Southampton for the rest of this season on a loan spell. Luckily for all fans of the Japanese International, reports indicate that the deal between Klopp and Hasenhutl will not include an option to buy.
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