Klopp’s saviour jets in! Ozan Kabak boards a private plane to fly to Liverpool after his deadline day move from Schalke was left too late for a medical in the UK… and it’s about time too, with Joel Matip ruled out for the season
- Ozan Kabak signed for Liverpool on deadline day as loan with option to buy
- Talented 20-year-old centre-back completed his medical in Germany
- He posted a picture getting on board his flight to Liverpool on Instagram
- With Joel Matip ruled out for the season, Kabak is needed more than ever
Ozan Kabak is en route to Liverpool aboard a private plane having signed for Jurgen Klopp’s side from Schalke on deadline day.
The 20-year-old central defender posted a picture on his Instagram story of himself climbing aboard before jetting off to Merseyside.
Kabak, who has joined on loan with the option to buy in the summer, tagged his new side on the snap of the private plane.
Ozan Kabak is en route to Liverpool having signed for Jurgen Klopp’s side on deadline day
The defender set off from Gelsenkirchen on the flight across to the United Kingdom
Klopp will welcome Kabak with open arms as he desperately needed defensive reinforcements
It was a grey day in Gelsenkirchen, but Kabak will be hopeful of a bright future at Anfield.
The youngster will provide much-needed reinforcement at the back, along with Ben Davies, who joined from Preston on Monday.
Joel Matip’s ankle ligament injury means he will miss rest of the season and with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez sidelined for the long term, there was pressure on Liverpool to bring in new recruits.
Kabak is joining on loan and Liverpool have no obligation to buy him at the end of it
Kabak joins for a £1.5m loan fee from Schalke with the option to buy for £18m at the end of the season but there is no obligation to make the deal permanent.
Speaking about the young defender on the Liverpool website, Klopp said Kabak ‘wants to learn but is ready to deliver straight away’.
That will clearly be crucial for the Premier League champions if they are to retain their crown this season.
The manager added: ‘He is only 20 now. He plays in his second club [in Germany]; he is at Schalke and unfortunately they are in a bad position in the moment. For him, I think it’s a really good moment to make the move because, like each player in the world, you need a stable team around you and that’s what we can deliver.
Kabak signed along with Ben Davies on transfer deadline day for Liverpool
Joel Matip has been ruled out for the season with ankle ligament damage suffered last week
‘We deliver a stable team and you can play your position, you don’t have to be 20 with pretty much everything on the pitch and not allowed to make mistakes anymore.
‘He’s really a big, big talent and we are really looking forward to working with him.
‘Dave (Wagner) always said he will be a future captain of a team. He is a proper personality,’ added Klopp.
‘When you go abroad in that young age, to another country and play for other clubs, he could have played in Turkey in each club he wants. Goes then to Stuttgart, goes then to Schalke. He could have gone anywhere but he wanted to make football steps and we are a proper football step for him.’
Kabak (right) is already vastly experienced in the Bundesliga for such a young player
Club captain Jordan Henderson has been filling in at the back for Liverpool with Fabinho, although the Brazilian has missed the last two games with a minor muscle injury.
The champions will hope their new signings mean at least Henderson can move back into his more natural position in the heart of midfield.
It remains to be seen whether either of Klopp’s new men will have enough preparation to come into the team for Sunday’s massive showdown with Manchester City at Anfield.