Liverpool have recently sold their fourth choice centre back, Dejan Lovren. The Croatian had been at Liverpool for six years and has now left for Zenit in Russia. The defender’s departure leaves Jürgen Klopp with a gap to fill, he needs a new fourth choice centre back and the Reds have already been linked with a replacement. Liverpool signing Ozan Kabak would be a perfect move, here’s three reasons why.
Value for money
Liverpool could sign Ozan Kabak for a bargain price. At the minute Schalke are thought to be in dire straits with the impact of the global health crisis putting them in a financial bind.
The German club are thought to want £50m for their 20-year-old centre back, who has a €50m release clause which can be activated next year according to Kicker.
However, the same Kicker report has claimed that due to the financial hardship faced by the Bundesliga club, given Liverpool’s interest, they may be forced to accept an offer closer to €30m, meaning the Reds could bag a bargain.
Best yet to come
Kabak has been incredibly impressive in the Bundesliga this season despite being just 20-years-old.
The youngster has scored three goals and assisted one in his 26 games, not a bad tally for an emerging centre half.
He has also won 2.9 aerial duels per game and picked up three man of the match awards.
The player’s youth and games played gives the Reds a lot of data to work from and indicates that he has his whole career ahead of him to improve, he fits the FSG model of buying young and cheap.
Schalke signed Kabak from VFB Stuttgart, who in turn signed the defender from Galatasaray.
Although the youngster only spent one season at Stuttgart his stint there is a good indicator as to how highly his potential is rated. Stuttgart have one of the most successful youth projects in Europe, their academy has produced giants such as Joshua Kimmich, Sami Khedira, Mario Gomez and Timo Werner.
Prior to training with Stuttgart he came through the ranks at the enormous Galatasaray. He has an impressive CV for someone so young, clubs have obviously seen something in him worth nurturing – hopefully it is our turn next.