Ozan Kabak has hailed the influence of Virgil van Dijk and Jurgen Klopp since he arrived at Liverpool.
Kabak came in on the final day of the winter transfer window on an initial loan from Schalke, who have won just one league game all season.
It’s not easy for any player to make the jump up to playing at Anfield but Kabak had to do it mid-season, and likely low on confidence after Schalke’s struggles.
But Kabak has told the club’s official website that his new manager and injured teammate have helped a lot.
“Jürgen, I don’t need to say how great a man and manager he is. He is really nice with me, he gave me confidence with his words and with his actions also. I’ll try to give my everything and make him proud.
On van Dijk, he added: “I have met him. He is a really nice guy, a top person. He gave me a lot of help and tips about football. Now he is in rehabilitation but I hope he will be back soon and he will help us on the pitch also.
“I am looking forward to playing with him. He gave me some advice about how Liverpool plays in defence and how we have a high line, so he gave me some tips about how Liverpool play.
“It’s little things but of course it helps when you play, when you defend. He is such an experienced guy and his words are very valuable for me.”
Playing alongside someone with van Dijk’s experience and authority would no doubt help Kabak be more assured and calm.
Unfortunately, he won’t have that luxury for a few months – probably not until next season.
It’s not an easy situation for Kabak to come into; adjusting to a new league, playing in makeshift back fours all the time and trying to earn a permanent move to Anfield in the process.
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