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Former Liverpool defender Philipp Degen played a crucial role in helping the Reds sign Ozan Kabak, according to Schalke manager Christian Gross.
Liverpool He eased his availability concerns at the back by signing Kabak on loan on the deadline day.
The Turkish international signed on loan until the end of the season, with the option of making the deal permanent.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed how his good friend David Wagner played a key role in the deal. Wagner was sacked by Schalke earlier in the season and as such had worked with the defender.
However, his successor, Gross, has explained how Degen was also involved in the transfer. The former defender, who moved to Anfield with Rafael Benítez, now works as an agent after his retirement.
Gross worked to secure Schalke’s contract for Arsenal Shkodran mustafi, which allowed Kabak to leave.
“He’s very connected in football,” Gross told the Echo of Liverpool from the former Swiss international. “Without him, Mustafi would not have come to us.
“He came because Philipp called Jurgen because he knew Liverpool were looking for a central defender.
“He asked if Liverpool were interested in Ozan Kabak, so Philipp knew that Schalke could possibly transfer Kabak to Liverpool, and he could take Mustafi to Schalke.”
“And Schalke financially is not a bed of roses.
“In any case, the changes for Kabak and Mustafi came about thanks to the efforts of Philipp Degen. But we are completely independent of each other financially. “
Kabak, Davies could debut
Kabak and his partner Ben Davies have yet to play since moving to Merseyside.
In fact, settling in and learning about Liverpool’s defensive style has proven to be their top priorities.
However, the pair have a chance of making their debut in Saturday’s clash with Leicester. Fabinho has suffered another muscular problem that has forced him to leave the contest.