Liverpool have fielded more centre back partnerships than any other side this season. In fact, they must’ve fielded a record number of centre back partnerships. Constant injuries have seen a perpetual chopping and changing at the back, including new arrivals. Speaking exclusively to Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey has backed Ozan Kabak to improve after a few shaky moments.
Liverpool sign Ozan Kabak
The Reds had been linked with dozens of defenders last summer but the club decided to start the campaign with just three senior centre backs.
All three have been ruled out for the season.
Long term target Ozan Kabak was brought in on loan on February’s deadline day.
The Reds have the option to sign the defender permanently for £18m in the summer.
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Emile Heskey on Ozan Kabak
This weekend the Reds eased past Sheffield United in a 2-0 win.
Jürgen Klopp’s side were thoroughly in control but the hosts did have a few sights at goal with our new arrival caught ball watching on occasion.
We asked Emile Heskey about Ozan Kabak against the Blades, the ex-England striker told Rousing the Kop:
“Being thrown into the deep end at 20-years-old is not easy, in the centre back position is even tougher.
“He’s dealt with it reasonably well, there’s going to be some shaky moments but that’s where you learn. That’s where you learn from your mistakes.
“That’s where you learn from the game in itself because again his game from where he’s coming from is nothing like the Premier League.
“You’re going to be up against some real tough players and it doesn’t matter whether you’re playing against Sheffield United or Man City they’re not going to give you an inch, they’re not going to give you anything, they’re going to harass you, this is something he’s never been up against before and he’s got to get used to it.
“He’s slowly starting to get used to it but the only worry I have is that I don’t see him as being overly mobile. You need someone next to him who counteracts that.”
What RTK has to say
Emile Heskey has got it spot on with Ozan Kabak.
The Turkish defender has been thrown right into the deep end coming into this Liverpool side.
We are a side in turmoil given the injuries and poor league form but he will just grow and grow, he’s only young and he has plenty of time to get up to speed.