Alan Shearer believes Liverpool’s minds may be made up for them regarding Ozan Kabak’s future if he keeps up his improved performances.
Kabak, 20, joined the Reds on loan from Schalke in the January transfer window. The Turk was brought in to bolster defensive options following season-ending injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
But he endured a shaky start to life at Anfield, clearly requiring time to get used to playing with his new teammates in a different system.
The centre back was involved in a mix up with goalkeeper Alisson that led to Jamie Vardy’s goal in Liverpool’s defeat at Leicester. He was also partly at fault for Richarlison’s opener in the Merseyside derby defeat to Everton.
That left some wondering whether Liverpool had made a bad judgement call in recruiting him.
But Kabak now seems to be settling, playing a key part as Jurgen Klopp’s side kept clean sheets in their last two outings.
RB Leipzig were kept at bay last Wednesday as the Reds progressed to the Champions League last eight. Wolves were then kept scoreless on Monday in a much-needed Premier League win for the champions.
Kabak making a strong case
While many have praised his central defensive partner Nat Phillips, Shearer has placed his attention on the Kabak.
After naming him in his team of the week, Shearer claimed he may be convincing Liverpool to keep him long term.
The Merseyside outfit have the option to retain Kabak beyond the end of the season should they desire.
Having paid just £1million to loan him from Germany, the would have to pay another £18million to make it permanent.
That could prove to be a bargain price for a player tipped to have a bright future. Despite his youthfulness, he had already featured over 50 times in the Bundesliga and played internationally before moving to England.
Of course, he will need to show he is capable of performing consistently before any decision is made. However, his form in recent weeks has shown why Klopp and Co. took a punt on him in January.