For Ozan Kabak, this was more than just an impressive performance for his new team. This was a statement of intent on club football’s biggest stage.
The 20-year-old loanee from Schalke showcased he has big intentions upon his arrival at the home of the English champions.
RB Leipzig will have known about Kabak all but too well following his time in the Bundesliga, and boy did the Liverpool centre back make them pay for it.
Kabak, a seven-time Turkey international, was utterly faultless in what was only his second Reds appearance to date. Talk about making your intentions known early.
A professional and convincing 2-0 victory in Budapest, Hungary, represented Kabak’s first outing in club football’s premier competition since 2018, following his playing-days with Galatasaray.
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That particular occasion saw the then-teenage defender on the receiving end of a 3-2 to FC Porto in December 2018. Last night’s win against Leipzig, then, was very-much overdue, especially from Kabak’s perspective.
Alongside the equally outstanding Jordan Henderson, Kabak and his club-captain kept at arms length a team that had scored twelve goals in their previous five matches.
In total, Kabak made four tackles, three interceptions and two clearances for his team, per WhoScored, to cap off what was a Man-of-the-Match performance from the Turkish powerhouse.
It’s no wonder, then, that his manager, Jurgen Klopp, made a beeline for his deadline-day signing upon hearing the final whistle.
Let’s see what the Anfield faithful had to say in regards to the performance of the new Liverpool No.19…