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Liverpool sign Schalke defender Ozan Kabak on loan until end of season

Liverpool have signed the Schalke defender Ozan Kabak on loan until the end of the season.

The Turkish international, 20, moves to Anfield until the end of current campaign, with the Reds also negotiating an option to buy him in the summer.

Kabak is seen as one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Germany, and he has already picked up seven caps for his senior national team.

After breaking through at Galatasaray in 2018 he moved to Stuttgart less than a year later, and then after only six months in Germany he was snapped up by Schalke after they exploited a release clause in his contract.

He has impressed at the heart of the Schalke defence for the past 18 months despite the club’s disappointing form that currently sees them rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga table.

Liverpool could make Kabak’s move permanent at the end of the season

Kabak was first linked with Liverpool last summer after the Reds sold Dejan Lovren to Zenit St Petersburg, but the Premier League champions opted not to replace the Croatian as their fourth-choice centre-back.

That decision has come back to haunt them during a campaign full of defensive injuries, with Nat Phillips and Jordan Henderson becoming their 16th different centre-back partnership of the season in all competitions in the second half of the win at Tottenham last week.

Phillips and Henderson were paired together again in the victory at West Ham on Sunday, but the long-term losses of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez as well as injuries to Joel Matip and Fabinho meant Liverpool had to act.

Kabak is joined by Preston defender Ben Davies on what has been a busy deadline day for Liverpool.

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