Barcelona Star Rejected Liverpool in January

Stephen Killen
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Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti turned down a move to Liverpool in January, according to The Athletic.

The Frenchman rejected a move to Merseyside as he was ‘reluctant to leave’ Ronald Koeman’s side.

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James Pearce and co. discuss the deadline day signing of Ozan Kabak.

Michael Edwards had a number of names on his list of defensive reinforcements.

On deadline day, there were multiple reports of rejected bids for David Carmo and Duje Caleta-Car.

Kabak, a 20-year-old Turkish international joined Jurgen Klopp’s side on loan from struggling Bundesliga side, Schalke 04.

He signed on loan until the end of the season with a £1million loan fee and also the option to buy for £18million.

In the article, they discuss the potential options that Liverpool considered as they weighed up their options to cover for the growing injury problems that have grown over the last few months.

Liverpool Injury Problems

Since October, Liverpool have lost Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and, more recently, Joel Matip to long-term injury.

Liverpool’s defensive struggles have been no secret, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have had to filter in at the back.

Klopp has also been forced to trust the in-experienced youngsters, Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips.

The Cameroonian suffered ankle ligaments damage in the 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur after a last-ditch tackle on Heung-min Son.

News broke late on deadline day that Matip would miss the rest of the season which forced the Reds to add two on Deadline Day.

As well as Kabak, Liverpool signed Ben Davies from Preston North End on the final day of the window.

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He signed from the Championship club for £500,000 with the deal rising to as much as £2million.

Both of them are in contention to make their Liverpool and Anfield debuts on Sunday as Jurgen Klopp’s side welcome leaders Manchester City.

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