Liverpool have until the end of May to make their Ozan Kabak decision, according to reports. It’s one that may shape the future of their defence.
This comes from German outlet Fussball Transfers. They claim that Schalke 04 will find out Liverpool’s decision on Ozan Kabak by the end of May at the latest.
Schalke, of course, are waiting to see if the Reds activate their buy-option in Kabak’s loan contract. The BBC believes that would be an initial £18m.
It’s a big decision, too. Eurosport claims Liverpool will only sign one centre-back, though Jurgen Klopp wants two.
The boss wishes to have Kabak and Ibrahima Konate in the squad next season but will have to settle for one. Liverpool, then, must pick the best option for them.
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What RTK has to say
It’s debatable what the ‘best option’ truly is. Do you want reliability or the most-likely to become a superstar?
Kabak is the reliable option. Liverpool will know exactly who and what he is by the time they make their decision. They can plan with his place in the squad in mind, both long-term and short-term.
There will be no surprises with the defender.
Konate, though, will be a risk. He has a bad history with injury problems, after all, while as with any signing, there’s no guarantee he fits in.
Liverpool would be taking a big chance by passing on Kabak for Konate. Though, the latter almost certainly has a higher ceiling.
They’re roughly the same age but Konate has played at a higher level. He’s comfortable both at the top of the Bundesliga and in the Champions League. We’re yet to kow if Kabk is.
Liverpool have to get this right. Both Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip are pushing 30 and coming back from major injuries – the Reds will want to secure their future at the back with this signing.
The worst-case is signing Konate and finding out he has underlying injury issues. But he’s also the best-case as the Frenchman could become one of the best in the world.
Then there’s reliable Kabak, who will almost certainly be a good player but not necessarily a great one.
We’re not entirely sure what Liverpool should do, just that they have around six weeks to decide.