Liverpool have reportedly made the decision not to trigger the option to buy Ozan Kabak for £ 18million and the player will return to Germany and seek other avenues outside of Schalke.
Monday’s news that Liverpool are one payment away from concluding their long-standing contract with RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate left them with no choice but to end Ozan Kabak’s stay at Anfield .
The third-placed team this season had the option of keeping Turkey’s center-backs permanent, but decided not to do so believing they had five first-team center-backs in Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, soon. to be a Liverpool player, Konate and Kabak included for next season’s race.
Following the untimely end of his Merseyside career, the center-back has already started talks with other potential new suitors. With Schalke relegated, a move is the only option Ozan is considering, as are the club facing balance due to a financial mess.
The defender also recently declared his desire to stay at Anfield and build on that success, telling The Times: “This is Liverpool. Of course, I want to stay.
However, This Is Anfield understands Kabak has been told by Liverpool that they will not be exercising the permanent option in their loan deal.
The 21-year-old has therefore started talks with other clubs as he searches for a way out of relegated Schalke, who is desperate to sell to assuage his financial woes. (Via: thisisanfield.com)
Ozan Kabak was brought in by Liverpool in times of crisis
There was a time when Liverpool lacked a senior center-back and needed reinforcements to save a frustrating campaign. Ironically, the team finished the last five games with their youngest center-back partner Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams – the duo were notable characters for Jurgen Klopp in the last few games.
Since Ozan’s first game against Leicester City, the player has made 13 appearances in all competitions. During his 13 outings, they conceded 11 goals while keeping a clean sheet on 6 occasions.
With that, they won six games, drew three and lost four. He helped Liverpool score 21 points in their latest push for Champions League football. Unfortunately for the Turk, he never got to enjoy the last five games due to injury and missed the opportunity to play in front of an Anfield crowd.
His six clean sheets and 21-point involvement just weren’t good enough for Liverpool and the late form of young couple Phillips and Williams likely contributed to the Reds’ decision not to make Ozan Kabak stay a permanent.