Liverpool snare defensive reinforcements

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Liverpool have attempted to address their injury crisis in central defence by signing an unheralded player from England's second tier and another from the worst backline in Germany's Bundesliga on the final day of the January transfer window.

Ben Davies, a 25-year-old left-sided centre-half from Preston North End, and Ozan Kabak, a 20-year-old Turkey international from Schalke, were identified by the English champions as stop-gap measures for the second half of the season.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp hadn't felt the need to bring in reinforcements in the position after the loss of Virgil van Dijk in October and Joe Gomez in November to long-term knee injuries.

But Klopp's hand was forced after his other senior defender - Joel Matip - was ruled out for the rest of this campaign with an ankle ligament injury.

Davies joins on a long-term deal while Kabak is a loan signing, with an option for the Reds to buy.

Exiting Anfield on loan are Takumi Minamino, with the Japanese forward linking up with Southampton, while 19-year-old defender Sepp van den Berg will head to Preston in search of first-team action.

It was proving to be one of the quieter deadline days in the English top division, at the end of a month when clubs reined in their spending during the pandemic.

Arsenal cleared some of their wage bill by selling Germany's World Cup winning defender Shkodran Mustafi to Schalke and loaning midfielder Joe Willock to Newcastle United and the versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles to relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion, who also took Okay Yokuslu from Celta Vigo on loan.

Everton signed Bournemouth forward Joshua King for a nominal fee while the Toffees allowed Cenk Tosun to rejoin his former club Besiktas on loan.

Brighton bought 19-year-old Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo from Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle for Stg4.5 million ($A8.1m).

Galatasaray sealed the signing of DeAndre Yedlin from Newcastle while the US defender will be joined in Istanbul by Gedson Fernandes, whose frustrating loan spell at Tottenham came to an end.

Other loan deals confirmed on Monday resulted in Bournemouth sealing a loan deal for Southampton forward Shane Long, Brighton allowing Glenn Murray to link up with Championship team Nottingham Forest and New Zealand international defender Winston Reid going to second-tier title hopefuls Brentford.