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transfer chat Intriguing twist in Ozan Kabak's future could have a big impact on Liverpool's plans


Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak

Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak

Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak

Liverpool may have shifted their position on signing Ozan Kabak and his next move could still have a big impact on Liverpool's summer transfer plans.

After the Sunday World exclusively revealed in the middle of March that RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate was their top defensive target for this summer, Liverpool are close to sealing a deal for the centre-back.

Now the Anfield club need to make a decision over Kabak and while we have been told the 21-year-old Turkish centre-back Kabak has impressed Jurgen Klopp and his coaching staff during a loan spell from Schalke, the form of Nat Phillips at the heart of the Liverpool defence in the last few months has convinced the club that they have enough cover in the centre-back position.

RB Leipzig are reported to be eyeing up a move for Kabak as a possible replacement for Konate, with Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge telling sundayworld.com last week that Klopp may have been convinced to step back from a move for another defender due to the emergence of Phillips.

"There has been a feeling for some time now that they would sign two central defenders this summer, but I suspect they are looking at things differently right now," Aldridge told us.

"Nat Phillips was outstanding in the win against Manchester United on Thursday night and I'm sure Klopp is looking at the way he is developing and thinking he could be developed into a top defender.

"There is a feeling that Konate will come in from Leipzig, so the decision will be whether they need to sign a second defender or look at a line-up of Van Dijk, Gomez, Matip, Phillips and Williams and think that is enough.

"For me, I would look to off-load Joel Matip this summer. He has been fantastic for Liverpool over the last few years, but he can't play more than two or three games in a row without getting injured.

"The same problem has been there for Gomez, who is injury prone and that has to be taken into consideration when Liverpool make their decision on defensive signings this summer.

"I don't think they can rely on Gomez and Matip to be fit for a full season, so signing Kabak would be the right way to go as they can't leave themselves so short at the back again."

The news suggests Kabak may have played his last game for Liverpool, as he is currently out injured and is not expected to be fit for their final two game of the season.

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