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Kai Havertz of Germany and Ozan Kabak of Turkey compete for the ball during the international friendly match between Germany and Turkey at RheinEnergieStadion on October 07, 2020 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Kai Havertz of Germany and Ozan Kabak of Turkey compete for the ball during the international friendly match between Germany and Turkey at RheinEnergieStadion on October 07, 2020 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Kai Havertz of Germany and Ozan Kabak of Turkey compete for the ball during the international friendly match between Germany and Turkey at RheinEnergieStadion on October 07, 2020 in Cologne, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Liverpool have successfully concluded their hunt for defensive re-enforcements, with Preston's Ben Davies and Schalke's Ozan Kabak sealing moves to Liverpool on transfer deadline day.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has been linked with a move for Kabak for several months, but Liverpool chiefs only make their move to sign the highly-rated 20-year-old Turkish international in recent days.

Despite long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Liverpool's owners appeared to be blocking any attempts for block to recruit another defender this month.

Yet another injury blow afflicting Joel Matip in last Thursday's win at Tottenham changed the mood at Liverpool and they have since made moves for a host of defensive targets.

Matip is now out for the rest of this season so Davies and Kabak could be crucial to Liverpool's ambitions as they look to get back into the title race and challenge for the Champions League.

Injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip – also now out for the season – have left the Reds short of centre-back options, so much so that captain Jordan Henderson has been deployed there, but the arrivals of Davies and Kabak ease the shortage.

Davies has put pen to paper on a “long-term contract” after signing for an initial fee is just £500,000, plus structured add-ons.

The Premier League champions have also paid an initial £1million loan fee for Kabak, capped seven times by Turkey, with the option to buy for £18m at the end of the season.

Kabak, 20, completed the formalities of the switch in Germany and will travel to Merseyside this week. He arrives at Anfield after two years in the Bundesliga, where he represented Stuttgart before joining Schalke in July 2019.

"He came very young to Germany and everybody was clear he was a massive talent," said Klopp of Kabak.

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"He is only 20 now. 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.

"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."

The arrival of Kabak is be a different prospect, with the Turkish star viewed as one of the more promising young defenders in Europe after a couple of fine seasons in the Bundesliga with Schalke.

Arsenal's Shkodran Mustafi has left Arsenal to sign for Schalke as a replacement for Liverpool new boy Ozan Kabak.

Mustafi joins on a permanent transfer, though his deal in Gelsenkirchen runs only to the end of the season.

The 28-year-old World Cup winner began his career at Hamburg but this will be the Germany international’s first taste of the Bundesliga, having left as a youngster for Everton before spells with Sampdoria and Valencia.

He joined Arsenal in 2016 and has made more than 150 appearances, playing a role in two FA Cup wins though he missed both finals due to injury.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta told his club’s website: "Musti has been a key player for us for a long period of time. He played a very important part in my first season as manager and I’d like to thank him for his professionalism and for always being ready when called upon. Everybody at Arsenal wishes Musti well at Schalke."

Signing Davies and Kabak gives Klopp and Liverpool a welcome boost heading into the second half of the season, with hopes rising that Van Dijk could return to action at some point this season.

As the Sunday World revealed last month, RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano is a prime transfer target for Liverpool in 2021 and his €42million release clause next summer may still be attractive to Anfield chiefs.

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