Nathaniel Phillips’ type has reportedly forced Liverpool to rethink their upcoming summer season switch enterprise, and a move to Ozan Kabak is now unlikely.
Lengthy-term accidents to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have seen folks like Phillips and Rhys Williams get a chance within the first team this season.
Liverpool had been even forced into the January switch window to try and resolve their problems at referee with Ben Davies becoming a member of from Preston, whereas Kabak arrived on loan from Schalke.
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The Reds are understood to have a £ 18m choice to sign Kabak if he impressed Anfield however the Turkish international has not played since Liverpool drew 1-1 with Newcastle United on the end of April.
Phillips has shone within the absence of Kabak and a report within the Sunday’s World claims Liverpool have ‘shifted their stance on signing Kabak’ however Turkey’s international recreation might nonetheless ‘have a big affect’ on their summer season switch plans.
That is as a result of Kabak appears fascinating RB Leipzig, with Bundesliga midfielder Ibrahima Konate is prone to move to Liverpool in the summertime as he believes they’re their ‘highest defensive target’.
The Sunday’s World name it an ‘fascinating twist’ as there are hints that Kabak’s future might lie elsewhere, however his subsequent move could possibly be crucial to Liverpool’s efforts to sign Konate. ‘
Kabak has impressed Jurgen Klopp and his teaching workers throughout a loan interval from Schalke ‘but it surely seems probably he’ll now return to Germany.
In the meantime, Liverpool legend John Aldridge not too long ago said he suspects Kabak will probably be a essential signing with a wealth of choices on the back as soon as everyone seems to be back to fitness.
“There was a sense for some time now that they’d sign two central defenders this summer season, however I think they’re taking a look at issues in another way on the moment,” said Aldridge.
“Nat Phillips was excellent within the win against Manchester United on Thursday night time and I am certain Klopp is trying on the means he’s creating and thinks he could possibly be developed right into a best defender.
“There’s a feeling that Konate will probably be coming in from Leipzig, so the decision will probably be whether or not they should sign a second defender or search for a line from Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Phillips and Williams and suppose that sufficient.
“For me, we’ll be seeking to obtain Joel Matip this summer season. He has been great for Liverpool over the past few years, however he can’t play greater than two or three consecutive video games with out injury.
“The identical problem has been there for Gomez, who’s liable to injury and that have to be taken into consideration when Liverpool make their decision on defensive signatures this summer season.
“I do not suppose they will rely on Gomez and Matip to be match for a full season, so signing Kabak could be the correct strategy to go as they can not leave themselves so short on the back but.”