Ozan Kabak made his Liverpool debut on Saturday afternoon against Leicester City and unfortunately for the Reds, he struggled to make much of a positive impact for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The 20-year-old joined Liverpool on loan from Schalke in the January transfer window as a result of the Reds’ injury issues at the back, and was handed a start against the Foxes following an injury to Fabinho earlier this week.
Whilst the Turkish international coped well in the opening 70 minutes, when Liverpool were well on top, he was, unfortunately, a big reason why the Merseyside club capitulated in the final 20 minutes, as they shipped three avoidable goals and fell to another defeat, which all but confirms that they won’t be retaining the Premier League title this season.
The first goal was no fault of Kabak’s but the second was a disaster for Klopp’s side, as there was no communication between the young centre-back and Alisson, with the keeper flying out of his goal only to collide with his new teammate and pass the ball straight to Jamie Vardy, who was presented with an open net.
Kabak was then caught way out of position for Leicester’s third goal shortly afterwards and looked very sluggish as he attempted to catch up with Harvey Barnes, who was afforded far too much time and space to glide forwards and finish underneath Alisson.
As per SofaScore, the Turkish defender would earn a 5.9 rating for his display on Saturday, which was the joint-worst of any player on the pitch.
Although he was fairly consistent with his passing, registering a 92% accuracy, it was his slip in concentration in the final 20 minutes that let him down on his debut.
Whilst Alisson was able to redeem himself somewhat with an unbelievable double save to deny Barnes and then Vardy, Kabak was unable to have any real positive moments during the 90 minutes.
The youngster, rated at up to €30m (£26m) by Football Observatory, had endured a nightmare time with Schalke earlier in the season, with the once fearsome side bottom of the Bundesliga with just one win, and perhaps there is a case of the youngster having a losing mentality at the moment, something he will quickly have to alter if he is to be a success with the Reds.
He will no doubt get better as he adapts to the Premier League, but this debut display will perhaps be a cause for concern for Klopp and Liverpool fans.