Ozan Kabak no longer has his Liverpool future in his hands. Instead, it may well depend on a £30m deal elsewhere.
Jurgen Klopp says Ozan Kabak has a ‘long-term’ injury and won’t play against Burnley on Wednesday. It sounds as though he’s very unlikely to face Crystal Palace next Sunday, either.
And that, of course, is the final game of the season.
Kabak’s season appears done, then, and that could also be the end of his Liverpool career. He’s only at the club on loan, after all, with a permanent option of around £18m.
But Liverpool have now seen all that they’re going to see. They can effectively make their judgement now on whether to spend the cash to sign the player.
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We think, however, that they might wait a little bit. There’s another deal on the cards that could affect Kabak’s future.
Does Kabak have a Liverpool future?
The Times believe there’s an issue with the clause, though. Liverpool definitely want the player but have to pay the £30m upfront. They’re not sure they can do that.
Now, we find it difficult to believe that Liverpool would pay to sign both Kabak and Konate. That’s an awful lot of money to have five centre-backs next season and we’re not sure they’d all get games.
There are pressing issues in midfield and attack – we think the extra cash should be spent there.
But it’s clear that Liverpool want a long-term centre-back signing. Someone around 20 or 21 who can be a top option for years to come. A player the Reds can develop and mould themselves, effectively, into a star.
Kabak would offer that but Konate is the better player with the highest potential. We only see Kabak arriving if Konate doesn’t, then.
That could happen, though, if Liverpool can’t afford the release clause in full. But it does appear that the only way Kabak earns a future at the club is if the Konate deal falls apart.
And with no more games to make a case for himself, it feels as though he can only wait and see, much like the rest of us. There is a possibility that Kabak is a permanent Red next season but it almost certainly isn’t in his hands.