Liverpool were able to complete the deadline-day signings of centre-back duo Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak. Both deals were orchestrated by the club’s sporting director Michael Edwards. Former Anfield hero Jose Enrique has lauded the financially shrewd operator on Instagram.
After months of lamenting over crippling and chronic injury setbacks to key personnel, the English champions were finally forced to act in the January transfer market.
Having lost Fabinho prior to the 3-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur last Thursday, Joel Matip, too, was forced to retire at the half-way stage of the campaign after Liverpool confirmed on Monday night that the Cameroonian defender would miss the remainder of the season, having succumbed to ankle ligament damage.
With no Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Matip or Fabinho, inactivity in the transfer market was no longer an option for Jurgen Klopp and his team.
And as a result, the Reds were able to land two centre-backs within hours of the window closing on Monday night.
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Davies, 25, was signed from Preston North End despite previously being on the brink of a proposed move to Celtic.
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.
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.
The Reds were also able to land 20-year-old Kabak from Schalke on a loan-to-buy deal.
Liverpool were previously linked with the seven-time Turkey international in July and October of last year, although the club’s interest failed to materialise into anything substantial.
Edwards was able to bring in Kabak on a try-before-you-buy agreement of sorts.
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.
Both Davies and Kabak arrive at the home of the Premier League champions with Liverpool gridlocked in a title race with Manchester United and Manchester City.
Former Liverpool star Enrique has taken to social media to applaud the notorious financially shrewd operator that is Edwards on Instagram.
His caption read: “He’s only gone and done it again. 2 CB’s in 24 hours for around £3m combined. Its too easy! Michael Edwards is the MAN! For how the world is right now and how much is affecting football too economy-wise what a piece of business!”