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Liverpool decide against Kabak permanent move

Liverpool have decided not to sign centre-back Ozan Kabak permanently.

He moved to Anfield on loan in January at a time when Liverpool had lost all three first choice centre backs – Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip to injury.

The Merseyside club had the option to make the deal permanent for a  fee believed to be £18 million.

However, with all three expected to be fit by the start of next season, Jurgen Klopp has decided not to exercise the option for a player who could only expect a place on the  bench for most games.

It leaves Kabak facing an uncertain future because in his absence, his parent club Schalke have been relegated, and he will not relish the prospect of playing second division football next season.

It is also bad news for Schalke as they are unlikely to command such a fee for him in the transfer market this summer.

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