Graeme Souness feels Ozan Kabak has a long-term future at Liverpool. More specifically, he could be Virgil van Dijk’s partner.
Ozan Kabak has only played twice but Graeme Souness likes what he sees. The ex-Liverpool captain spoke to Sky Sports’ Pitch to Post Podcast.
“I think [Kabak] is a good player, he’s finding his feet in our football, and I think he’ll be fine,” said Souness.
“Looking at him, first impressions, we’re quick to judge people one way or the other in our football, he’s a young man and he’s only a young guy, he’s finding out about the players he’s training with every day and it’s a completely different environment.
“He’ll be welcomed at that football club and he’ll be welcomed in that city and I think he looks like someone who could be an asset going forward for Liverpool.
“I’m not sure if the manager has settled on a partner long-term for van Dijk, he might be the one.”
What RTK has to say
Kabak had a poor game against Leicester City. But then, it was a difficult game on his debut – we’ll excuse him that one.
His performance against RB Leipzig was excellent, though. Again, it was a very difficult game but Kabak held his own and looked solid.
That’s very encouraging.
But we think Souness may have jumped the gun a little. After all, Van Dijk isn’t the only one missing.
Joe Gomez is Van Dijk’s long-term partner. He just has to be – they won the Premier League alongside one another.
It’s easy to forget that Gomez is still just 23. He won’t peak for another three or four years – he is undoubtedly the long-term option. Even more so than Van Dijk.
The Dutchman turns 30 in July and he’s not going to be at his peak anymore come three or four years. Kabak isn’t going to peak himself for six or seven.
So we think Souness is answering the wrong question here. It shouldn’t be whether Kabak is the long-term partner for Van Dijk but rather, is he the long-term partner for Gomez?
Anyone Liverpool sign, it’ll be with a Gomez partnership in mind. That’s the long-term future at Liverpool – the post-Van Dijk era.