Liverpool finally got back on the winning trail in the Premier League with a slender 1-0 success against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday evening.
Diogo Jota proved to be the match-winner against his former club, his strike just seconds from half-time was enough to claim three points in the West-Midlands.
Despite the Portuguese ace turning in another supremely impressive performance in the continued absence of Roberto Firmino, it was actually a man at the other end of the field who deserves a lot of credit. That player was on-loan Schalke 04 centre-back Ozan Kabak.
Deployed alongside Nathaniel Phillips once again at the heart of the Reds’ defence, Kabak was the most junior of the back four but he turned in what was statistically his best performance of the campaign since joining the club on a temporary deal in January.
Awarded a WhoScored rating of 7.83, his best score of the season so far in all competitions, he continually snuffed out a number of attacks from the home side.
The £22.5m-rated Turkish international produced a huge six clearances, with only fellow centre-back Phillips contributing as many.
Kabak’s defensive interventions did not end there though as he also produced a further three interceptions, three victorious aerial duels and two tackles.
One of his tackles was especially key in the match as he crucially got a toe in front of Morgan Gibbs-White as he was seemingly put through on goal by Fabio Silva with just five minutes of normal time remaining.
The Turk’s competence on the ball also came in handy for Liverpool throughout the game. He completed an impressive 86.8 per cent of his passes, only Georginio Wijnaldum of the Reds’ starting XI bettered that number.
In all then, it was a hugely impressive performance from Kabak and a display that bodes extremely well for the campaign amidst Liverpool’s continued injury crisis in defence. It won’t have done his hopes of earning a permanent move to Anfield in the upcoming transfer window any harm either.
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