Liverpool decided against spending £18m to sign Ozan Kabak on a permanent deal this summer.
Kabak was on loan at the club for the second half of last season. He was relatively impressive and played a key role in helping the Reds secure Champions League football for next season.
As far as 21-year-old centre-backs go, he is up there with the best around.
So, many believed that his loan would be made permanent.
Yet the club decided against it. Instead, they went and signed Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
Now, reports are claiming that Kabak could even be available for free this summer. Per Constantin Eckner in the Echo, Schalke are considering terminating his contract as they cannot afford to pay him.
Yet Liverpool seemingly still have no interest in signing the Turk.
It is difficult to see exactly why. Kabak would have made an ideal fifth-choice centre-back, while he has the potential to become a top player.
Homegrown issue and squad planning stopping Liverpool from signing Kabak
The first thing that could be preventing Liverpool from signing Kabak is the homegrown issue that is developing at the club.
Premier League rules state that a team can only have a maximum of 17 foreign players in their squad.
There are already 18 non-homegrown players in the squad. While some of these are likely to leave, they will hopefully be replaced by a new midfielder and a new forward.
Liverpool can just use Nat Phillips, Ben Davies or Rhys Williams as their fifth-choice centre-half, rather than taking up a non-homegrown slot on a relatively unimportant position.
The other reason that Jurgen Klopp and co. want to leave Kabak be is the future squad planning.
Right now, Konate, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are competing to partner Virgil van Dijk in the Liverpool defence.
Yet both van Dijk and Matip are 30. They aren’t going to be around for all that much longer.
It looks likely that the long-term partnership will be Gomez and Konate. It has the potential to be one of the very best pairings on the planet.
So, if Kabak was at the club, where would he fit in? Would a player with his potential be happy with sitting on the sidelines when he gets closer to his prime?
There are also the likes of Sepp van den Berg, Billy Koumetio and Williams around the squad, who are all young defenders that the club seem to be big fans of.
So, would it really make sense to buy another young defender when they already have an anomaly of them?
It seems clear that the recruitment staff don’t think so.