LONDON: Liverpool strengthened their fortifications by signing Schalke defenders Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies of Preston on the final day of the transfer window yesterday.
The defending Premier League champions lost all their senior central defenders, with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip having to take a long break due to injury.
Matip had to forget the rest of the season this season after injuring his ankle ligament when he collided with Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min last Thursday.
Fabinho, who excelled in that position after changing from his original position in the middle, also joined the injury list while captain Jordan Henderson, also from the middle, had to be pulled to lead Liverpool.
Kabak joined The Reds on loan until the end of the season at a price of 1 million pounds with the option to purchase at a price of 18 million pounds.
The 20-year-old played for two years in the Bundesliga, where he started in Stuttgart before joining Schalke in July 2019.
Before that he collected the Champions League experience at Galatasaray and collected seven caps with Turkey.
Davies, 25, was signed at a reported price of around £ 500,000.
“If there is no issue we will definitely not find a player in Preston, but after seeing it and our problems getting worse, we are attracted to its quality and potential,” Klopp said.
Davies made 145 appearances for Preston, scoring two goals after his debut in 2013.
“Of course it’s surprising, this opportunity is amazing. I have to take this opportunity and learn from its players,” Davies said.