Kabak makes admission ‘difficult to adapt’ to Liverpool but will not hesitate to pursue the dream


The 20-year-old defender teamed up with the Reds in the winter transfer window and was part of a series of tests for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Ozan Kabak admits it has been “difficult to adapt” to Liverpool, with injuries and a collective form test doing him little favor, but the Turkish defender intends to take advantage of a “dream” opportunity.

The 20-year-old was signed to Jurgen Klopp’s squad in the January transfer window, with a loan agreement set up with Schalke as the Reds sought to cope with an injury crisis.

Kabak has started five consecutive matches at one stage, before pick up a shot of his own, but has played alongside three different center-half partners during that run and admits finding his feet with the Premier League champions has proven difficult.

What was said?

Kabak told Liverpool official program of the day: “In England, the level is really very high.

“The Bundesliga is also at a very high level, but I think the Premier League is more intense in terms of intensity and physical quality.

“I think it’s the highest level in football and I’m trying to adapt here. Thiago [Alcantara], Bobby [Firmino] and [Xherdan] Shaqiri played in the Bundesliga before they came and our coach was also successful in Germany, so I take their advice and try to give my best in training and games.

“I gave it my all last month, but of course it’s hard to adapt here because there are good players and good teams in the Premier League.

“It’s always more difficult to join a team in the winter, to be honest, to play with new teammates and obviously to move to a new country with a new language. It was a challenge for me, but I tried to adapt as quickly as possible.

How many minutes has Kabak seen for Liverpool?

In his five outings for the Reds, Kabak was on the pitch for 90 minutes at every opportunity.

As a result, he has seen 450 minutes of play across the Premier League and Champions League competitions.

He made his debut in a 3-1 loss to Leicester, with three more high profile losses suffered since then.

Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig in the Champions League is the only success in which Kabak appeared, but he believes positive progress has been made on a personal level.

He added: “It’s been a month and I can say I’ve settled down already, but it’s a big responsibility for me, to be honest, because there have been a lot of injuries in the center-back position.

“I have to do my best so that the team can help the team. So, like I said, it’s a big responsibility, but I can do it.

“It’s amazing to be a Liverpool player. Astonishing. A dream has come true for me because as a child, I always wanted to play for this great club with these great players.

“Now I’m here, I want to make our fans happy and proud.”

The big picture

Kabak missed a 1-0 loss to Fulham with a slight blow, as Liverpool suffered a sixth straight home defeat and sank a little deeper into the mud, but could come back for their next outing.

Klopp’s men will return to the fight against Leipzig on Wednesday, as they aim for the Champions League quarter-finals, before looking to rediscover a national spark at Wolves on Monday.

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