Third Liverpool centre-back out for the season: Two new defense players arrived

Third Liverpool centre-back out for the season: Two new defense players arrived

Liverpool's defence has been officially decimated, as after season-ending injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, Joel Matip is also done for the 2020/2021 campaign. Even though Jurgen Klopp was conservative in his statements regarding the possibility of a defensive signing in the January transfer window, the club landed two names.

One permanently, the other on loan.

Coming as a straight purchase is Ben Davies, not of Tottenham but of Preston. Even though the 25-year-old can play as a left-back too, his primary position is centre-back. LFC didn't even pay the full €2,000,000 for the Englishman and he signed a non-disclosed long-term deal.

The Championship club will also receive 20% of a future sell-on fee for the left-sided central defender, who had loan spells at York, Tranmere, Southport, Newport and Fleetwood before establishing himself in Preston’s first squad. As a part of the deal, Liverpool’s 19-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg has gone the other way on loan. He arrived in the summer of 2019 as one of the rare signings in that window.

Jurgen Klopp commented on the transfer honestly.

"What I like about Ben is it just shows that each situation creates opportunities. I think it’s probably clear that in a normal transfer window, without any issues, we would not look at Preston if there’s a player for us or something like that. It’s not really likely. But since we saw him and since our situation got clearer and clearer – the problems we had – when we saw him we got really excited about it and thought, ‘Wow.’ We see the potential really. We see the quality and we see the potential as well because he’s 25 and there’s a lot to come for him," stated Klopp.

Liverpool has also secured a more important deal of Ozan Kabak from Schalke on loan with an option to buy. The loan itself will bring the German club just over €1,000,000 but could rise to a million and a half depending on performances. The purchase could be done for €20,400,000 in the summer but it too could rise even further to €30,000,000.

The Reds’ scouting on Kabak included a glowing reference from David Wagner, a close friend of Klopp and the former Schalke manager, who worked with the centre-back at the club for more than a year.

"Yes, Dave was already very, very positive about him. He came very young to Germany and everybody was clear he was a massive talent. Dave always said he will be a future captain of a team. He is a proper personality."

Liverpool also sent out Takumi Minamino on loan to Southampton, a year after he arrived from Red Bull Salzburg. Proving that he was primarily signed as a backup and for the commercial aspect of the deal as he brings a windfall in shirt sales due to his nationality.


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