Schalke’s Turkey central defender Ozan Kabak, have completed a loan deal at Liverpool.

With the club also having signed Preston North End’s Ben Davies for £2m, the 20-year-old joins the Reds until the end of the season.

Defender Davies, 25, will be staying at Anfield after signing a “long-term” deal at Anfield.

Considering the injury woes that has struck the the Reds defence, the club is exploring a number of options in defence and Marseille’s Duje Caleta-Car is a potential target.

Kabak will be kept at Anfield for £18m – with add-on clauses – at the end of the season, but do not need to activate it until June.

How the Reds will fare in the Champions League is a concern. For now, they will pay a £1m loan fee now with the potential for an extra £500,000 based on games played.

The injuries stricken Reds have a vacuum in their defence line with centre-backs, with Joel Matip out for the rest of the season and Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out with long-term injuries. To make matters worse, while midfielder Fabinho, who has been standing in at the back, is also out.

Meanwhile, for Sunday’s 3-1 win at West Ham was made possible with Manager Jurgen Klopp having on board, his 12th different centre-half partnership in 21 Premier League games with midfielder Jordan Henderson alongside Nathaniel Phillips.

Klopp has reacted to the arrival of Davies from Championship side Preston. He said: “It’s probably clear that in a normal transfer window, without any issues, we would not look at Preston [to see] if there’s a player for us or something like that.

“Since our situation got clearer and clearer – the problems we had – when we saw him we got really excited about it and thought: ‘Wow.’

“We see the quality and we see the potential as well because he’s 25 and there’s a lot to come for him.”