Liverpool considering Kabak U-turn despite Ibrahima Konate transfer being near

Despite suggestions that Liverpool have already decided not to make Ozan Kabak's loan move permanent, new reports have suggested that the Reds are yet to make up their mind.

Kabak made the move to Anfield midway through the season as injury cover, joining on loan from Schalke with an £18m option to buy.

Liverpool are set to strengthen at the back this summer, with RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate reportedly close to completing a move.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Konate has agreed personal terms and will put pen to paper on a five-year contract.

Romano also states that Liverpool 'have not decided yet' about whether to pay Kabak's option to buy.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp recently addressed Kabak's future, saying: "Ozan was absolutely incredible, he did a great job," Klopp said. "Not to forget he is a young, young boy with incredible experience already.

"He has been with different clubs, moved early from Turkey to Germany and played at two big clubs in Germany in difficult situations which were obviously not his fault, we could all see that when he arrived here.

"Yes, he took a little bit of time to adapt but he did super things for us. I don't know how many games out but against Leipzig [in the Champions League] he was incredible, we knew how good Leipzig could be.

"About the future we will talk about it after that, and decide about it after the last match. There is obviously enough time for that, nothing else really to say about that."

Speaking earlier this month, Kabak admitted he wanted to stay at the club, saying: "Of course. It’s Liverpool. Of course I want to stay.

"Jurgen has not said anything yet. We don’t speak about this topic so far. We will see. This is a huge club, I am very proud to wear this jersey so far. Every moment, every single minute, I am proud. I try to give my best so far. I did my job.

"We will see what is going to happen next season, but whatever it is I have really enjoyed it and appreciate what everyone has done for me.

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