Sport The nightmare start of Ozan Kabak

20:10  25 february  2021
20:10  25 february  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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Ozan Kabak's start at Liverpool FC was extremely unfortunate. Jürgen Klopp still believes in the defender and protects him.

Der Alptraum-Start des Ozan Kabak © Provided by sport1.de The nightmare start of the Ozan Kabak

Ozan Kabak certainly imagined it to be completely different.

On his debut for Liverpool FC he made a major mistake after coordination problems with keeper Alisson.

Also in the derby bankruptcy against FC Everton last weekend, the Turkish international did not look good when he lost the running duel with goalscorer Richarlison before the 0-1. The local newspaper Liverpool Echo then gave Kabak's performance the worst rating of all players and wrote of a "nightmare" for the newcomer.

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Liverpool expects a lot from Kabak

In Liverpool one expects a lot from the highly acclaimed top talent. The Reds hired Kabak on Deadline Day for an alleged fee of 1.1 million euros from FC Schalke 04 until the end of the season. In the summer, Kabak can then be firmly committed. 23 million euros are available for this.

The 20-year-old was Jürgen Klopp's wish transfer - also because ex-Schalke coach David Wagner was able to convince him of the defender. ( Schedule and Premier League results )

"Yes, Dave was very, very convinced of him. He said Ozan would one day be a captain," said the Liverpool coach after Kabak's arrival. "He's really a huge talent."

"Now was the perfect time for him to change. Every player needs a stable team around them and that's what we can offer them," said Klopp three weeks ago. Today, however, the situation is completely different. Test

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Klopp takes Kabak under protection

Since Kabak's arrival Liverpool have lost all four games in the Premier League, defending their title is now 19 points behind leaders Manchester City. The English record champions even have to worry about qualifying for the Champions League, currently only sixth, five points behind the top four. ( The table of the Premier League )

The hoped-for stability could not give Kabak the injured Liverpool defense. But Klopp takes his protégé under protection: "Ozan has huge potential. He has not taken the easiest career path."

After all: Kabak was able to show his potential in phases in the 2-0 win against RB Leipzig in the Champions League knockout round first leg . "He played a great game," said Klopp. Kabak himself said: "I still need a little time to adapt. I think I will get better."

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