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Football | Liverpool bolster defence with two Deadline Day signings

Liverpool have signed centre backs Ben Davies from Preston and Ozan Kabak from Schalke respectively.

The Premier League champions completed both deals on Deadline Day, but were hit the news that Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season after suffering an ankle injury in the Reds' 3-1 victory over Spurs last week.

Davies, 25, joins the Reds in a £2 million deal, with teenage defender Sepp van den Berg joining Preston on loan as part of the agreement. The left-footed English centre half - whose contract was due to expire in the summer - has been an important player for the Championship club in recent years.

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"What I like about Ben is it just shows that each situation creates opportunities," Klopp told the Liverpool club website.

"I think it’s probably clear that in a normal transfer window, without any issues, we would not look at Preston if there’s a player for us or something like that. It’s not really likely. But since we saw him and since our situation got clearer and clearer – the problems we had – when we saw him we got really excited about it and thought, ‘Wow.’

"He’s a boy who played his whole life for Preston, is around the corner pretty much. We see the potential really. We see the quality and we see the potential as well because he’s 25 and there’s a lot to come for him. I love a lot about his play."

Turkey international Kabak, who has long been touted as a target for the Merseyside club, arrives at Anfield on an initial £1 million loan deal, which can be made permanent in the summer for a reported £18 million fee.

The 20-year-old has won seven international caps for Turkey, and has previously represented Galatasaray and Stuttgart.

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“He (Kabak) came very young to Germany and everybody was clear he was a massive talent," Klopp said.

“He is only 20 now. He plays in his second club (in Germany); he is at Schalke and unfortunately they are in a bad position in the moment. For him, I think it’s a really good moment to make the move because, like each player in the world, you need a stable team around you and that’s what we can deliver."

Matip joins fellow injured Reds centre backs Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines.

Fabinho, who has excelled in defence since dropping back from the base of midfield, is also currently missing through injury.

Next up for the Reds is a league meeting with Brighton at Anfield on Wednesday, before a crucial clash against Manchester City on Sunday.

 

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