Liverpool have clearly left an impression on Ozan Kabak and that bodes well for the future. The 21-year-old departed the club this month.
Ozan Kabak won’t be at Liverpool next season. The Reds opted not to take advantage of a clause in his loan deal despite a decent half-season.
Kabak arrived as the answer to Liverpool’s defensive crisis. All of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip were out for the rest of the season, making Kabak their most experienced defender.
And he played well. Despite only being a young player, Kabak adapted quickly and established himself. Only injury kept him out of the side towards the end of the season.
But Liverpool decided not to make things permanent. There was an £18m option, per Sky Sports, that would have kept Kabak around. Liverpool signed Ibrahima Konate instead, however.
Despite the blow, the Reds clearly left an impression. Kabak wrote an open letter saying as much, showing off how much he liked the club.
And that’s something that bodes well.
A future with Kabak?
Kabak may be gone but he’ll end up somewhere decent. Schalke’s relegation effectively forces a move and we’d back him to get a good one.
There’s also little doubt that Kabak will become a very good player. He might even become a fantastic one. His performances at a brand new club, in a brand new country at just 20 prove that.
He’s a player with fantastic potential and one who could develop into an elite centre-back. And if Kabak does, Liverpool should fancy their chances of signing him again.
They’ve put themselves into a wonderful position with a brilliant young talent. Maybe they can taken advantage of that down the line.
Kabak’s immediate future isn’t with Liverpool but that shouldn’t rule out a long-term one. Let’s just see how things go.