Liverpool in the hunt for 20-year-old Bundesliga centre-back

Liverpool have made contact with representatives of Schalke centre-back Ozan Kabak, but are unlikely to pursue a deal and are minded to wait until the summer to reinforce their back-line. Jurgen has been forced to contend with a mounting injury crisis this campaign which has threatened to undermine his side’s back-line of the PL trophy.

Both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are unlikely to play again this campaign as a result of the long-term knee injuries they suffered in October, while the likes of Fabinho and Joel Matip have also spent spells on the sidelines.

In total, the German manager has been forced to utilize 14 different combinations at the heart of his back-line this campaign with the likes of Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio all making their senior debuts this term.

Jurgen Klopp was even forced to deploy Jordan Henderson in the back-line during Monday’s defeat at Southampton which prompted club legend, Carragher, to implore his old side to make a defensive signing in the winter window.

Reds, however, are unlikely to do business this month and cooled their interest in Ozan with Schalke valuing the defender at €25m. Kabak is now said to be likely to join Serie A giants AC Mian, while Reds have no interest in Lille defender Sven Botman who has been strongly linked with a move to the club this week.

The Merseyside giants do maintain an interest in RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, but with the two clubs set to meet in the next round of the UCL, there is little chance the Bundesliga club will sell one of their prized assets in the current window.