Liverpool completes Ozan Kabak’s loan move from Schalke.

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20-year-old Kabak, who had been linked earlier in the season before Liverpool’s interest faded, was one of them, and he has now officially signed

Liverpool have completed the deadline day loan signing of Ozan Kabak from Schalke, after the Premier League champions moved to strengthen their defensive options at the final hour.

Injuries have ravaged the Reds’ back line this term with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out for the majority of the season, but until recently the line from the club had been not to expect any new additions, with Jurgen Klopp prepared to persevere with youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

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Things changed after injuries to Fabinho and Joel Matip forced captain Jordan Henderson to fill in at centre-back against West Ham, however, and a slate of reports on deadline day linked the Reds with various last-gasp deals.

20-year-old Kabak, who had been linked earlier in the season before Liverpool’s interest faded, was one of them, and he has now officially signed on the dotted line, where we’ll wear the number 19 shirt.

Ozan Kabak officailly signed form Schalke to Liverpool. (Noble Reporters Media, Olamide)

Speaking on his official Twitter page, Kabak said: “As of today, I am no longer part of the wonderful Schalke 04 family, a place I had the privilege to call ‘home’ for one and a half years.

“I would like to thank all my teammates and coaches with whom we have fought together during my here. I have no doubt that Schalke 04 will soon reach the level of success this club deserves. Lastly, all my best wishes and respect go to Schalke 04 fans, whose never-ending love and support have always been a huge motivating presence for me.

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“Thank you for everything.”

Kabak joins Ben Davies through the Anfield arrivals door after he completed a surprise deadline day switch from Preston North End. He had previously been expected to join Celtic on a pre-contract agreement in the summer, but Liverpool moved swiftly to bring him – likely because they’d found out that Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season through injury.

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