Ozak Kabak admits it was ‘difficult to adjust’ at Liverpool


Ozan Kabak admits having struggled with the intensity and quality of the Premier League after a difficult start to his career at Liverpool.

The 20-year-old defender moved to Anfield from Schalke on an initial loan in January with a view to a permanent deal this summer, but lost three of his four Premier League games for the Reds before injuring his muscles.

Kabak was also guilty of making some high-profile mistakes early in his Liverpool career, including a mix-up with goalkeeper Alisson at Leicester City to give Jamie Vardy a goal in a 3-1 defeat.

The center-back admits he’s trying to learn from other Liverpool players who have been in similar scenarios and has vowed to do his best until the end of the season.

Kabak (left) joined Jurgen Klopp (right) on a loan transfer from Schalke in January


Kabak told Liverpool’s schedule ahead of Fulham’s visit last week: “In England the level is really very high. The Bundesliga is also a very high level, but I think the Premier League is more intense in intensity and physical quality.

“I think it’s the highest level in football and I’m trying to adapt here. Thiago [Alcantara], Bobby [Firmino] and [Xherdan] Shaqiri played in the Bundesliga before they came and our coach was also successful in Germany, so I take their advice and try to give my best in training and games.

“I gave it my all last month, but of course it’s hard to adapt here because there are good players and good teams in the Premier League.

“It’s always more difficult to join a team in the winter, to be honest, to play with new teammates and obviously to move to a new country with a new language. It was a challenge for me, but I tried to adapt as quickly as possible.

Kabak (right) helped Liverpool to just one Premier League win since joining


Liverpool fell in the Premier League standings following Kabak’s arrival from the Bundesliga, with the Reds having won just one in seven Premier League games since early February.

The form has also seen Jurgen Klopp’s side lose six straight home games, with the Reds now underdogs to even finish in the top four this season.

Klopp’s side sit in eighth place, seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, although the Reds have a 2-0 lead in the Champions League first leg over RB Leipzig this week.

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