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Ozan Kabak opens up on Liverpool stint with Jurgen Klopp admission

Ozan Kabak spent the second half of last season on loan at Liverpool, making nine Premier League appearances under manager Jurgen Klopp, before joining Norwich in August

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Norwich star Ozan Kabak has admitted he would like to play under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp again in the future.

The Turkish defender, 21, spent the second half of last season on loan at Anfield but failed to earn a permanent contract.

Kabak admitted: “It was harder to settle in at Liverpool. In the winter the club was suffering from poor results – there were Champions League games and a lot of Premier League rivals too.

“Now I’ve got more time to settle in [at Norwich] and I know some guys from Germany here. The coaching staff have also helped me settle in.”



Ozan Kabak failed to earn a permanent move to Liverpool
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Liverpool signed Kabak in February to ease their centre-back crisis after Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffered long-term injuries.

The 13-cap international made nine Premier League appearances to help the Reds finish third and qualify for this season’s Champions League.

Liverpool had the option of buying Kabak for £18million but decided to invest in Ibrahima Konate instead, paying RB Leipzig £35m for his services.

The defender returned to parent club Schalke but made a quick return to the Premier League when newly promoted Norwich signed him on loan in August.

Discussing Klopp, Kabak added to talkSPORT: “I enjoyed working with him and I feel very proud to know him. He’s very special, he’s a very good man-manager.

“Hopefully our ways cross in the future.”









Kabak also praised former team-mate Van Dijk, who he never got the chance to play with due to the Dutchman’s serious knee injury.

Van Dijk has since returned to fitness, making eight Premier League appearances this term, but was criticised for his performance against Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

Kabak continued: “I really like Virgil van Dijk… I played with him in training sessions on the pitch.



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“I really like him, his styles, his abilities… he’s my role model as a player.

“Three years ago my old teammate from Galatasaray was friends with him and he sent a signed jersey to me.

“Last year he wasn’t playing but he was in the dressing room all the time and we had conversations about playing. He gave me a lot of tips on how to play.”

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Kabak hadn’t joined Norwich in time for their last game against Liverpool in August but will be hoping to get a run out when the two teams meet again in February.

The Canaries have made a shocking start to the season, picking up just two points from their first eight Premier League fixtures.

But defender Max Aarons believes Norwich can compete, telling the club’s website: “We are looking really, really good now and I am really confident in this team.”

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