Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Liverpool are not planning a move for Ozan Kabak, despite many months of scouting.
Romano claims that Liverpool have been scouting Kabak throughout his career, both at Schalke and his former club Stuttgart in Germany.
However, they are not going to firm up their interest with a bid this window as they are happy with their current options at centre-back.
Speaking on his Here We Go podcast, as transcribed by ThisIsFutbol, Romano provided an update on the situation. “In this moment, Liverpool are convinced they are okay with this team, they are not going to sign any other players, so I don’t expect Liverpool to [make] a move for Ozan Kabak. We have to say, always expect the unexpected, but, in this moment, there are no advanced talks to sign Ozan Kabak.
“He’s a player that Liverpool were scouting [for] many months, also when he was in Stuttgart before joining Schalke – they always appreciated him, as [have] other clubs in the Premier League, but, this summer, we didn’t have something real to see Ozan Kabak joining Liverpool. So, I think there are just rumours, links – but nothing advanced.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Romano says that Liverpool are happy with their options at centre-back and this may be because of Fabinho’s performance against Chelsea at the weekend. Fabinho, a midfielder by trade, put in a superb display at centre-back as Liverpool won 2-0 at Stamford Bridge, with the Brazilian putting the clamps on Chelsea forward Timo Werner throughout the game.
Fabinho completed four tackles and made four interceptions as he was given a WhoScored rating of 7.44 against the Blues. Throw him into the mix with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip and Liverpool have four viable centre-back options heading into the season, along with his under-23 defender Jurgen Klopp may be eyeing for the future.
This means that Liverpool have a healthy number of options in that area of the pitch and that could be why they have opted against pursuing a deal for Kabak. It will be interesting to see if Liverpool’s stance changes in January or next summer in regards to Kabak, depending on what happens with the current centre-backs in the intervening time period.