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Ozan Kabak: Joining Liverpool midseason has been tough

Ozan Kabak admits his first weeks with crisis club Liverpool have been difficult.

Kabak moved to Anfield on deadline day last month on loan from Bundesliga side Schalke until the end of the season after Joel Matip joined Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines through serious injury.

The 20-year-old started five consecutive games - alongside three different centre-back partners - before missing Sunday's 1-0 home Premier League defeat to Fulham with a minor knock.

"It has been a month and I can say I have already settled in, but it is a big responsibility for me, to be honest, because there have been a lot of injuries in the centre-back position," he said.

"I need to give my best for the team to help the team. So like I said, it is a big responsibility, but I can do it.

"It is amazing to be a Liverpool player. Amazing. A dream came true for me because as a child I always wanted to play for this great club with these great players.

"Now I am here I want to make our fans happy and proud."

Kabak is proud of his move, though admits joining midseason has been difficult.

"In England the level is really, really high," he said, speaking to the official Liverpool FC matchday programme. "The Bundesliga is also a really high level, but I think the Premier League is higher in intensity and physical quality.

"I think it is the highest level of football and I am trying to adapt here. Thiago, Bobby and Shaqiri played in the Bundesliga before they were here and our manager also managed in Germany, so I take their advice and try to give my best in training and the games.

"I have given everything in the last month, but of course it is hard to adapt here because there are good players and good teams in the Premier League.

"It is always harder to join a team in winter, to be honest, to play with new team-mates and obviously to move to a new country with a new language. It has been a challenge for me, but I have tried to adapt as soon as possible."

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