This January transfer window was unlike anything we have seen in recent years. Both of Liverpool’s only two additions this month were completed just hours before the market closed, after all.
Nevertheless, it was necessary that Jurgen Klopp got both deals for Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak over the line following the season-ending injury to Joel Matip on Monday night.
It certainly has been a busy few days for sporting director Michael Edwards, to say the least. Liverpool have been active trying to secure loan deals for a number of other players, too.
Ben Davies: Signed from Preston North End
While the addition of Ben Davies was certainly a welcomed one from a Liverpool view-point, no-one could have thought Klopp would look to the Championship for the club’s defensive answer.
The 6ft 1in defender was allowed to leave the Lilywhites for a moderately reduced fee, with his contract at Deepdale due to expire in the summer.
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According to The ECHO, Davies has been described as a left-footed centre-back similar to Ragnar Klavan, who joined Liverpool from Augsburg in 2016.
The report adds that Davies joins Liverpool for an initial £500,000 with the potential for a further £1.1 million based on a specific set of clauses.
Ozan Kabak: Signed on a loan-to-buy deal from Schalke
Liverpool were also able to land 20-year-old Ozan Kabak from Schalke on a loan-to-buy deal, per The Athletic.
The Reds were previously linked with the seven-time Turkey international back in July and October, although the club’s interest failed to materialise into anything substantial.
A loan fee of £1m loan fee with £500,000 in add-ons was agreed with the option to buy in the summer, as opposed to an obligation. If Liverpool want to make the transfer permanent, a fee of £18m is seen as an ideal solution.
Takumi Minamino: Loaned to Southampton
Indeed, the most high-profile outgoing of Liverpool’s January dealings was the decision to loan out Takumi Minamino to Southampton for the remainder of the season, per BBC Sport.
The £7.25 signing from RB Salzburg joins former Liverpool star Danny Ings to bolster up Ralph Hassnhuttl’s attacking prospects at St Marys following Southampton’s decision to allow Shane Long to join Bournemouth.
Minamino has made just four Premier League starts since joining the club in January of last year.
Sepp van den Berg: Loaned to Preston North End
The decision to offload Sepp van den Berg to the Championship was one of the main factors in Preston agreeing to the sale of Davies.
The 19-year-old’s transition from Anfield to Deepdale Stadium was orchestrated to ensure Alex Neil and his team have suitable centre-back cover for the remainder of the season.
Liam Millar: Loaned to Charlton
Liam Millar completed a loan move to Charlton for the remainder of the season.
The 21-year-old heads to The Valley having also signed a new contract with the Reds, his first extension since joining the Academy in 2016.
Millar had captained the Reds’ U23s team frequently throughout 2020-21, contributing five goals in 14 appearances in Premier League 2 and the EFL Trophy.
He scored his first goal for the club to secure a 1-0 victory at Milton Keynes Dons a week ago today.
Adam Lewis: Loaned to Plymouth Argyle
Adam Lewis has joined League One outfit Plymouth Argyle on loan for the rest of the season, returning from an earlier spell with Amiens SC in France.
The 21-year-old made nine appearances for Amiens in Ligue 2 during the first half of the campaign, having made the move last August. He has already clocked up two appearances against Crewe Alexandra and Sunderland.