Liverpool are in talks with Schalke over a £30 million deal for Ozan Kabak, according to reports.
The Netherlands international has not yet had knee surgery following the poor challenge from Jordan Pickford during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Everton last weekend, but Liverpool face the prospect of losing their best defender for several months.
Fabinho has impressed when asked to cover at centre-back, but Klopp is keen for Liverpool to bolster his defensive options.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Liverpool have entered negotiations with Schalke over a deal for Kabak and are aiming to complete the deal in the January transfer window.
The report claims that Klopp is a huge admirer of Kabak and Liverpool would have made a move sooner if the coronavirus pandemic had not impacted their finances.
Schalke are understood to be holding out for £40m for Kabak, but Liverpool are planning to offer £20m up front, plus £10m in add-ons which would take the deal to £30m.
Kabak has made just two appearances for Schalke this season and is currently serving a five-game ban for spitting in the direction of an opponent during the 3-1 defeat to Werder Bremen.
‘Virgil was here, he’s OK,’ said the Liverpool manager this week.
‘But about when the surgery will happen and stuff like this, I don’t think it makes sense that we give pretty much a time schedule every day.
‘But it will be fine and will happen in an appropriate time. So, that’s it pretty much – he is as good as possible.’