Schalke’s boss reveals how he signed Benitez to persuade Klopp over Kabak

Former Liverpool defender Philipp Degen played an important position in serving to the Reds sign Ozan Kabak, in line with Schalke boss Christian Gross.

Liverpool eased their issues about rear availability by signing Kabak on loan on closing day.

The Turkish international signed on loan till the end of the season, with an choice to make the deal everlasting.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed how his good friend David Wagner played a key position within the deal. Wagner received the sack from Schalke earlier within the season and, as such, had labored with the defender.

Nonetheless, his successor Gross has outlined how Degen additionally had a hand within the switch. The former defender, who moved to Anfield under Rafael Benitez, is now working as a retired agent.

Gross labored on securing Schalke’s deal for Shkodran Mustafi’s Arsenal, which allowed Kabak to leave.

“He has a great community in football,” Gross advised the Liverpool Echo of the former Swiss international. “With out him, Mustafi wouldn’t have come to us.

“It got here as a result of Philipp known as Jurgen as a result of he knew Liverpool was searching for a central defender.

“He requested if Liverpool was involved in Ozan Kabak – so Philipp knew that Schalke may presumably give Kabak to Liverpool – and that he may bring Mustafi to Schalke.

“And Schalke isn’t a mattress of roses financially.

“Anyway, the modifications got here from Kabak and Mustafi due to the efforts of Philipp Degen. However we’re fully impartial of one another financially. ”

Kabak, Davies may make the debut

Kabak and his co-signer on the Ben Davies deadline haven’t played but since transferring to Merseyside.

Certainly, settling in and studying about Liverpool’s defensive fashion have confirmed their top priorities.

Nonetheless, the pair have a chance to make their debut in Saturday’s conflict with Leicester. Fabinho has suffered one other muscle subject, forcing him out of rivalry.

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