Liverpool ‘bemused’ by £30m Kabak reports and blame agent amid January decision

Liverpool’s links to Schalke star Ozan Kabak and a January transfer being lined up appear to be wide of the mark.

Reds fans are hoping the club explore their options in the market come the New Year, given they are light of centre-halves.

Virgil van Dijk’s potentially season-ending injury suffered in the 2-2 draw away to Everton has been a damaging blow.

Fabinho has partnered Joe Gomez at the back as the priority partnership since.

And while the Reds escaped with victories against Ajax and Sheffield United last week, they look vulnerable.

With their defence of the Premier League title on the line, a top-quality replacement for Van Dijk could be brought in during January.

Liverpool have recently been touted as a destination for Bundesliga talent Kabak, with a £30m switch claimed to be on the cards.

It has been suggested talks have already been held as the Reds look to plan ahead for 2021.

However, according to the Liverpool Echo , the club have been left scratching their head over the Kabak claims.

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Liverpool are putting the reports down to ‘exuberant work of an agent’, while they see Schalke as a team that is desperate for cash.

As a result, the news surrounding Kabak could be to help build interest for the defender.

Liverpool have also been linked with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano as a potential target, while Daily Star Sport understands Brighton’s Ben White is also on their radar.

But it is considered too soon for the Premier League champions to be considering new recruits.

Joel Matip is set to miss tonight’s Champions League visit from Midtjylland but he will be back.

Should the situation worsen and Liverpool begin to show the desperate need for a new centre-half, their approach to the January market could change.

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