The speculation comes after Dejan Lovren left for Zenit St. Petersburg in summer without a replacement. The rumors are being fuelled further as Joel Matip remains out of action and midfielder Fabinho, who has moved to the backline, has himself been excluded from the upcoming Premier League game due to injury.
Virgil van Dijk’s injury has led to Liverpool being associated with a number of central defenders across Europe before the transfer window in January.
Liverpool have been associated with both Ozan Kabak and Dayot Upamecano in recent weeks, so we compared them in FIFA 21.
Both are extremely talented young defenders who have demonstrated their impressive skills in recent years, so they have been associated with a move to Anfield in recent weeks.
Two players most often associated with the Reds are Ozan Kabak of Schalke 04 and Dayot Upamecano, central defender for RB Leipzig.
For this reason, fans are asking about possible contracts in January to strengthen the champions’ defense.
To find this out, we compared the two defenders with FIFA 21 to find out which player would be eligible for Liverpool if they were signed.
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How do Ozan Kabak and Dayot Upamecano compare? And which player has the greatest potential?
Overall rating: 77/100
Potential rating: 87/100
Height: 6ft 1in
Best characteristics: Power (85), Jumping (84), Standing device (80), Aggressiveness (78), Head accuracy (77), Sliding device (76), Serenity (75), Sprint speed (75).
According to FIFA 21, Kabak is an excellent candidate with strong attributes such as strength, jumping, aggressiveness, head accuracy, tackling, composure and sprint speed.
As far as technical skills are concerned, Kabak has adequate composure (75), short passes (73) and ball control (74), indicating that the Turkish defender is more than capable of being in possession of the ball.
Kabak’s potential score after FIFA 21 is 87 out of 100, which would make him the second best central defender in Liverpool, only behind Van Dijk and level with Fabinho (87).
Compared to Liverpool’s current defenders, Kabak would rank 77 in the overall standings, behind Van Dijk (90), Joe Gomez (83) and Joel Matip (83), but far ahead of Nathaniel Phillips (68) and Sepp van den Berg (65).