This summer will surely be a busy one at Liverpool. The Reds have had a lacklustre campaign and injuries have been at the centre of the side’s struggles. Just who will be playing at centre back on the opening day of next season is anybody’s guess. Ozan Kabak showed against Leeds United just why Liverpool should sign him permanently.
Leeds United 1-1 Liverpool
This week Liverpool headed to Leeds United hoping to claim a place in the top four.
Whether or not finishing in the top four will even matter is anybody’s guess.
Who knows what this will all mean by the end of the season?
Despite the uncertainties surrounding the fixture there was still a game to be played.
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Jürgen Klopp’s side started brightly, ferociously even. The press was focused and intense.
The visitors created a number of half chances and probably should’ve been more than just a goal up by halftime.
On the half hour mark Diogo Jota’s excellent pass found Trent Alexander-Arnold in space, the Scouser squaring the ball for Sadio Mane to finish.
Although the Reds started the second half brightly they found themselves penned into their own half with half an hour remaining, the hosts deservedly equalising with just a few minutes remaining.
Ozan Kabak stand out v Leeds United
This was a game wherein we saw one of our winter window signings excel.
Ozan Kabak was in fine form against Leeds United, barring a couple of misjudgements.
The Turkish centre back recorded two interceptions, two tackles and four clearances. He also played a key pass and had a successful dribble.
However, these stats don’t do his performance justice.
It was a confident and competent display from the defender, one in which we saw him carrying the ball out of defence and using it wisely.
He should’ve done better when Leeds scored, granted. However, we need to focus on the positives.
Liverpool should sign Ozan Kabak
Kabak arrived at Liverpool on loan from Schalke in the winter window.
The loan agreement includes an £18m option for Liverpool to sign Ozan Kabak permanently.
Although the defender has had some patchy moments during his stay at Anfield, this was one of his brightest performances yet.
He was mature and confident throughout, he is just 21-years-old. Virgil van Dijk was 26-years-old when he joined the Reds. Defenders need time and experience, give him that and we could have a worldy on our hands.