Liverpool have had a busy old week. The Reds have seen their last remaining centre back ruled out for the rest of the season but they’ve also brought two new defenders in for cover. Michael Edwards securing an option for Liverpool to buy Ozan Kabak means he’ll be determined to earn a permanent switch.
Liverpool defensive crisis
The Reds have been incredibly unlucky this season.
In October we saw Virgil van Dijk rupture his ACL in the Merseyside Derby. He was ruled out for the rest of the campaign.
Joe Gomez wasn’t far behind, also ruled out for the term with a knee injury sustained in November.
Joel Matip held it together as long as he could. The Cameroonian was in and out of the side for months before succumbing to an ankle ligament problem sustained in a game against Spurs.
Liverpool sign Ozan Kabak
This week the Reds brought two centre backs in to bolster the ranks at the back.
Liverpool signed Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke until the end of the season.
The Reds had been tracking the defender for some time before he finally joined on deadline day.
The deal includes an £18m option to buy the centre back at the end of the season.
Michael Edwards seemingly fought long and hard to make sure that the Reds had the option to buy Kabak as opposed to the obligation.
The fact that the director managed to secure the option is huge.
Not only does it mean that the Reds can try before they buy but it also serves as added motivation for the youngster.
Kabak will be playing out of his skin in an effort to win a permanent switch to the club.
We are going to see the very best of the Turkish defender and we can thank Michael Edwards for dangling the carrot in front of him.