Liverpool have yet to make a decision on whether to sign a permanent deal with Ozan Kabak, but the majority of fans are convinced their long-term future lies at Anfield.
Kabak is three months and 13 games away from his time with the Reds, having joined an initial half-season loan from Schalke in January.
Although the Turk is currently a prime starter under Jurgen Klopp, there is no indication as yet that Liverpool have chosen to exercise the £ 18million buy option agreed with the Bundesliga club.
That decision may be needed soon, with Athletic’s David Ornstein reporting that the Reds “must inform Schalke around mid-May” whether or not they wish to make the Kabak change permanent.
Ornstein has claimed Liverpool may even look to negotiate lower fees when the 21-year-old’s loan expires, with Schalke relegated and in desperate need of funds.
But for the proposed price of £ 18million, would Kabak be a valid signing?
This Is Anfield asked whether Liverpool should keep the center-back beyond the end of the season, with an overwhelming 77% majority in favor of doing so.
Among the 7,500 voters on Facebook, Graham Ryan backed a long-term deal for Kabak, writing that he “is promising and he’s young,” with Nick Newport-Smith believing he “will learn. [Virgil van Dijk] and only get better. “
However, Phil Eccles argued: “We would pay [£18m] for someone to be the sixth pick behind Phillips. It is not worth the trouble.
“If we keep Kabak [then] Phillips is gone and I’d rather keep Phillips, “agreed Paul Hemnell, while Dylan Doney insists Liverpool should” let him go “because he” hasn’t shown enough “.
? Do you want Liverpool to sign a permanent contract with Ozan Kabak this summer?
– It’s Anfield (@thisisanfield) April 28, 2021
Twitter saw 11,319 voters, with Kabak’s age, experience and the relatively low fees required to sign him highlighted as compelling reasons to sanction the deal.
For 18m, it’s obvious.
If it keeps improving it’s a good deal and if it doesn’t we will sell it at least for that amount, but probably more ??
– Dean Flanagan * (@DeanFlanagan) April 28, 2021
Who says no to that ?? The price is really low, he came and did a really good job given the circumstances. The only way that’s a no is if it’s instead of konate. Even if it didn’t work, it would surely make him a profit later.
– James O Connor (@thicktech) April 28, 2021
Perhaps its price and age make more sense. Gomez as 2nd choice CB is always a risk – and the other guys shouldn’t have to play more than 30 games per season if rotation is possible
– Democracy matters ????? (@ haf118) April 28, 2021
Liverpool hope to be in a better position next season when it comes to center-backs, with Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all expected for the preseason, while a deal has been struck for RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate.
I don’t understand, nex season Van dijk, gomez and matip will be back + we have Phillips. I just don’t see why we would need a 5th cb
– Moritz Löw (@moritz_low) April 28, 2021
For some, this indicated a direct call between Kabak or Nat Phillips as the fifth option, but given the uncertainty around Gomez and Matip in particular, that may not be the case.
It is clear, however, that Kabak is a popular figure among fans, and having settled down well at Anfield and Klopp’s system, a £ 18million deal looks like a bargain.