It has been suggested recently that if Liverpool wanted to sign Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak in the January transfer window, the Bundesliga side would demand Divock Origi in return, which is a great opportunity for Jurgen Klopp to kill two birds with one stone at the Merseyside club.
The Reds are now without a single fit senior centre-back following the injury to Joel Matip in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom, whilst Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain sidelined, suggesting that a centre-back signing in January seems likely.
Considering the injury-proneness of the Cameroonian, Klopp will surely be forced to act next month, unless he wants to remain with Fabinho, Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams as his options there for the rest of the season.
Therefore, signing Kabak from Schalke would make a lot of sense, as the Reds have been regularly linked in the past, whilst the German side’s financial woes are perhaps one reason why they have set an asking price of just £22 million for the Turkish defender.
As well as this, Christian Gross’ side are reportedly taking an interest in Origi, which opens up the possibility of a swap deal in January, which could save Michael Edwards and Liverpool a lot of money on a centre-back.
It also means they can get rid of the Belgian striker, whose performances this season have been far from good enough, meaning a January exit was perhaps already on the cards for the former Wolfsburg man.
In three Champions League appearances he has averaged a shocking 6.29 rating with no goals to his name, whilst the £50k per week forward has been limited to just three substitute appearances in the Premier League.
Kabak has certainly shown in his performance in recent seasons that he could be an excellent addition to Liverpool’s side, and would arguably be an upgrade on Matip, who, whilst usually solid when he plays, is far too unreliable because of his regular injury issues.
Despite being just 20-years-old, the Turkish international has already made 49 appearances in the Bundesliga with Schalke and VFB Stuggart, contributing an impressive six goals and one assist.
Therefore, if Edwards can negotiate a deal which would see Origi join Schalke and Kabak make the move to Anfield, then it looks as if it would solve two problems at once for Klopp.