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Report: Jurgen Klopp decided to cancel Liverpool's £18m deal for 'big talent'; ace played 13 times last season

The choice to cancel a deal for Ozan Kabak was decided by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, according to Bild.

The publication is claiming that the player’s parent club, Schalke, have been left disappointed.

Liverpool had the option to sign the defender for just £18m this summer.

Kabak enjoyed a brilliant loan spell with the Merseysiders as he helped Liverpool reclaim a spot in the top four.

Prior to his first start away to Leicester City, the Reds were just one point clear in fourth-place. The club were struggling for form and consistency.

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However, towards the end of his time in the northwest, the outfit remained unbeaten in each of his final five Premier League games.

Pep Lijnders claimed Kabak is a ‘big talent‘.

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TBR View: Klopp may have jumped the gun in cancelling Kabak deal

The choice to cancel a deal for Kabak may have seen Klopp jump the gun.

He performed valiantly for Liverpool as their end of season run saw them earn a spot in the Champions League.

To toss him aside in favour for signing Red Bull Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate may be a poor decision.

Importantly, the Frenchman will need an adjustment period upon his arrival in England.

And with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez yet to return to fitness, that’s a worrying issue.

But, that wouldn’t have been the case with Kabak, who has already adjusted to life in England.

There are also question marks over the France youth international’s fitness. He featured in just 14 Bundesliga games last season, facing two different injury problems.

On the other hand, the Turkey international only missed seven first-team games upon his arrival at Anfield.

Binning Kabak for an injury-prone Konate could be a move Klopp regrets.,

Next season won’t be an easy campaign for Liverpool as they look to recover from last year’s underperformance.

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