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Liverpool reportedly to pass on permanent Kabak deal with Konate close to signing

Liverpool are reportedly set to pass on the option to sign on-loan centre-back Ozan Kabak this summer, with RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate on the verge of joining the Reds.

According to the Daily Mail, Jurgen Klopp’s side will not try to sign the 21-year-old defender on a permanent deal this summer after Kabak joined the Premier League giants in the January transfer window as Liverpool’s centre-back problems reached an apex, with the Turkish international being one of two players in that position to sign for the Merseyside club that day.

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Yet whilst the young defender has done well in patches for the Reds since arriving from Schalke, it appears that Kabak will be returning to Germany this summer, with the report stating that the impending arrival of Konate for £40m from Leipzig will replace the centre-back in the off-season.

90min had claimed that Liverpool would sign Kabak at the end of this season, with the Daily Mail report stating that the Turk would have cost the Reds £18m if they wanted to make the deal permanently, yet with the youngster missing out on recent games for Klopp’s side, it appears this decision will not be made.

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TBR View: Liverpool are acting smart by replacing Kabak with Konate

The signing of Kabak was always going to be a risk for Liverpool, with the young defender joining the Reds from the worst performing team in the Bundesliga this season with the expectations of turning the Merseyside club’s centre-back problems into a thing of the past, but Klopp and company are making a smart decision in replacing the 21-year-old with Konate.

The RB Leipzig star is one of the most highly-rated players in Germany this season, and with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez likely to be fully fit for the start of next season, Konate will have a lot to prove for himself if he is to break into the starting XI under Klopp week-in week-out.

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