Klopp: ‘Schalke’s problems nothing to do with Kabak’

Date published: Tuesday 2nd February 2021 2:45 - Will Ford

Jurgen Klopp says Ozan Kabak can achieve great things at a stable team like Liverpool after a “really tough time” with Schalke.

The German boss admits it would be a “miracle” if Virgil van Dijk were to play again this season, which means their top three centre-backs will be out for the duration with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip also on the sidelines.

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That is why the club made a last-minute dip into the transfer market to sign Davies from Preston for an initial £500,000, as well as Kabak.

“At the moment we are without our first four centre-back choices and only one of them will come back in the next weeks and that is Fabinho – and he is a six,” added Klopp.

“Our problem is always if one more thing happens then we don’t know what to do. It is not perfect, the January window is not my favourite window.

“We have solutions here and now we have more options. For both players it is a big chance and for us as well.”

On Kabak, who was on Liverpool’s radar last summer, Klopp said: “In the last few weeks he has had a really tough time. Schalke had a lot of problems this season but that is nothing to do with Ozan.

“He has a lot of quality and he is still a talent. In a stable team he can do a lot of things really good.”

Klopp admits in normal circumstances he would not have gone to the Championship to bring in a player in January but was impressed with what he saw from Davies.

“In the last few weeks and days we had to consider our situation and what we had to do,” he said.

“We were always looking all over, in each league in Europe and when I saw Ben it was really interesting. We watched him in a lot of games and saw he is a really good footballer. He knows how to defend.

“I was a second division player myself and we all dreamt of playing in the first league. Ben did that as well and now it is a big opportunity for both sides.

“I am a big believer in opportunities and taking chances. Ben sees it the same way.”

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