Liverpool transfer news: January transfer window 2021

Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Anfield; January transfer window runs until Feb 1; contract talks with Georginio Wijnaldum stall; Liverpool eye Bayern Munich youngster Jamal Musiala; David Alaba reportedly set to join Real Madrid

Ben Davies, Preston

All the latest Liverpool transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2021 winter window.

Ozan Kabak: Liverpool sign Schalke centre-back on six-month loan with option to buy

Liverpool have completed the signing of Schalke central defender Ozan Kabak on a six-month loan with an option to buy.

Schalke will pocket an initial loan fee of £1m, rising to £1.5m in potential add-ons depending on appearances and Liverpool's performance in the Champions League.

Liverpool complete Davies deal

Preston North End's Ben Davies during the Sky Bet Championship match at Vicarage Road, Watford. 1:24
Sky Sports' Mark McAdam explains what Liverpool are getting in defender Ben Davies and says the transfer will 'bigger than any dream' the player had for the January window.

Liverpool have signed defender Ben Davies from Preston in a £1.6m deal.

The Premier League champions, who agreed a transfer fee for Davies on Sunday, have sent 19-year-old centre-back Sepp van den Berg to Deepdale on loan until the end of the season as part of the deal.

Liverpool have paid £500,000 up front for Davies but Preston could receive add-ons totalling up to £1.1m, while the Championship club will also retain a 20 per cent sell-on clause on the defender.

    Insight: Why the interest in Davies?

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    With Ben Davies looking like he'll join Liverpool, Stephen Warnock explains what makes the defender so good.

    Liverpool had been looking at loan options, but signing players from abroad is more complicated due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

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    The club are also wary of a more high-profile signing being moved to the bench when the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomes return.

    Davies is also a left-footed centre-back - a relative commodity in football and the kind of player Liverpool currently lack.

    Confirmed Liverpool signings

    Ben Davies - Preston, £500,000

    Ozan Kabak - Schalke, six-month loan with an option to buy

    The latest players linked with a Liverpool exit

    Takumi Minamino - Southampton look to have pulled off a major coup as they close in on a loan deal for Liverpool winger Minamino (Sky Sports News, February 1).

    Confirmed Liverpool departures

    Liam Millar - Charlton, loan
    Adam Lewis - Plymouth, loan

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    The latest Liverpool contract news

    Georginio Wijnaldum - The midfielder will snub Liverpool's last-ditch efforts to keep him at the club - to fulfil a boyhood dream with Barcelona (Sunday Mirror, January 17); The Liverpool midfielder is now free to speak to foreign clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement. Ronald Koeman is hopeful of bringing his fellow Dutchman to Barcelona but Jurgen Klopp is pushing to Wijnaldum to stay (Sky Sports News, December 28).

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