Injured Liverpool centre-back reportedly leaving Anfield at the end of the season – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Ozan Kabak is set to head back to Schalke 04 in the summer at the end of his Liverpool loan, according to The Sun.
The Turkey international joined the Reds from the Bundesliga side in January temporarily till the end of the campaign following season-ending injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Joel Matip was also unavailable at the time and is yet to return, and Liverpool sought for a quality cover in Kabak.
While the 21-year-old went straight into manager Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, featuring in 13 games across the Premier League and Champions League so far, the Reds have decided against activating the option to sign him permanently for £18 million.
Klopp reportedly believes Kabak would not be in the first-team picture at Anfield next term, with Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez all set to return from the injury sidelines.
The Liverpool boss is also looking to rely on academy graduates Nat Phillips and Rhys William, while Ben Davies will also be available for selection next season.
With six centre-backs likely to be fit when 2021-22 kicks off, the Reds are not prepared to splash out £18m for Kabak.
The Liverpool loanee missed the games against Southampton and Manchester United due to a muscle injury, and it remains to be seen whether he will be available for today’s clash with West Bromwich Albion.
Klopp’s men face Burnley and Crystal Palace in their last two games of the campaign and will hope to pick up victories in their next three games to boost their chances of finishing in the top-four.