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Ozan Kabak made his Liverpool debut on Saturday afternoon against Leicester City and, unfortunately for the Reds, he struggled to make a positive impact for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
The 20-year-old joined Liverpool on loan from Schalke in the January transfer window as a result of the Reds’ back injuries, and started against the Foxes following an injury at Fabinho earlier this week.
While the Turkish international coped well in the first 70 minutes, when Liverpool were well up, it was unfortunately one of the main reasons the Merseyside club capitulated in the final 20 minutes as they sent three avoidable goals and they fell in another defeat. which practically confirms that they will not retain the Premier League title this season.
The first goal was not Kabak’s fault but the second was a disaster for Klopp’s side as there was no communication between the young center-back and Alisson, with the goalkeeper flying out of his goal only to collide with his new teammate and pass the ball. ball straight to Jamie Vardy, who showed up with an open net.
Was Kabak poor?
Then Kabak was caught out of position for Leicester’s third goal shortly after and looked very slow as he tried to catch up with Harvey Barnes, who was given too much time and space to slide forward and finish under Alisson.
According SofaScore, the Turkish defender would earn a 5.9 rating for his performance on Saturday, which was the worst joint of any player on the field.
Although he was fairly consistent with his passing, registering 92% accuracy, it was his lack of focus in the final 20 minutes that disappointed him on his debut.
While Alisson was able to somehow redeem himself with an incredible double stop to deny Barnes and then Vardy, Kabak was unable to have any real positive moments during the 90 minutes.
The youngster, valued at up to € 30 million (£ 26 million) per Football observatory, had endured a nightmare time with Schalke earlier in the season, with the once fearsome team last place in the Bundesliga with just one win, and perhaps there is a case where the youngster has a losing mindset right now, something that will have to change quickly if he is to be successful with the Reds.
It will certainly improve as it adjusts to the Premier League, but this debut display is perhaps a cause for concern for fans of Klopp and Liverpool.
And, in other news … Liverpool’s jewel lost possession 45 times to Leicester; his acting wasn’t good enough