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Liverpool boss Klopp scoffs at Kabak critics: He's 20 years old!

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is pleased with the early showing of January signing Ozan Kabak.

Kabak has made four Premier League appearances for the Reds so far and helped them to a 4-0 aggregate win over RB Leipzig in the last 16 of the Champions League.

Klopp says he doesn't see Kabak's inability to line up alongside any of the injured trio of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip or Joe Gomez as an issue and thinks the Turkish youngster has adjusted as well as could be expected in his first six weeks at the club.

“I didn't see it as a problem yet," Klopp said. "I heard – I didn't read it – there was some criticism when Ozan came.

"This is the world we are living in. You bring in a 20-year-old boy and everyone wants him to solve all our problems in one second and you don't give him time at all.

"We didn't see it that way – and we are quite critical with ourselves and with the boys as well.

"Ozan played from the first moment really good. Did he play as good as he can, his best performance ever? Probably not.

"But when we spoke about Ben (Davies) we said how difficult these things are.

"It makes it really tricky but he tries to adapt but when you try to adapt immediately you cannot be yourself naturally because you try to adapt to other people and it takes a while to do both - adapting to others and being yourself.

"I am completely happy with the performances so far and of course everyone knew he was an amazing talent at 20 years old so I don't see that as a problem that we cannot play him next to Virgil, or Joe or Joel. We see what we need to see?"


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