Renowned journalist Fabrizio Romano has recently revealed that Liverpool are still undecided over Ozan Kabak’s future with his loan spell from his parent club Schalke set to expire at the end of this campaign. When asked to offer an update on the future of the on-loan Liverpool centre-back, Romano said, “Still nothing decided.”
still nothing decided
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 23, 2021
Kabak’s Decent Run Of Form At Merseyside This Season
The Turkish youngster made a slow start to his loan spell at Anfield but has found a way to give a good account of himself recently. Kabak has featured in 13 matches for the Reds this term, picking up four yellow cards in the process across all competitions.
The 21-year-old has proven his worth as a reliable centre-back by averaging 2.1 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 3.0 clearances per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season. The Ankara-born talent has also distributed the ball well after making 88.7% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).
Kabak is slowly settling into Jurgen Klopp’s squad quite well and seems to have what it takes to play a sporadic role in the Reds first-team next season. At 21, he will only get better with more experience, so Liverpool will now have a dilemma on whether to keep him permanently at Merseyside when his loan spell from Schalke comes to an end in the summer.
Should The Reds Keep Kabak At Anfield Beyond This Summer?
Kabak can read the game well and is usually a composed presence on the ball. He can scan the danger quickly that allows him to make some important interceptions on the defensive end of the field.
The ten-time Turkey international can put his foot through the ball to make a clearance when the opposition are looking to threaten his goal. If Kabak can maintain his good form for the Merseyside outfit in the remainder of this campaign, then Klopp should think about making his stay at Anfield permanent this summer.
The former Galatasaray player has shown that he is good enough to play in the Premier League week in week out. Plus, he has also formed good chemistry with his new teammates and knows the club quite well by now. All in all, the Merseysiders should consider keeping hold of Kabak beyond the end of this campaign as he could grow into a consistent performer for them over the next few years under the expert stewardship of Klopp.