Liverpool defender Ozan Kabak has been showing himself in an impressive light with his recent performances for the Reds and that fine form has continued away on international duty.
The 21-year-old (birthday today), who is on a six-month loan from Schalke, completed 90 minutes for Turkey on Wednesday in a World Cup qualifier against a Netherlands side captained by Gini Wijnaldum.
Kabak partnered with Leicester City’s Caglar Soyuncu at centre-back as the hosts overcame the Dutch 4-2 on a dramatic night in Istanbul.
Having struggled in the early weeks of his spell on Merseyside, the youngster has begun to look settled recently and look every bit worth the £18m option to buy available to Liverpool at the end of the season.
Despite giving away a late penalty, which Memphis Depay missed, Kabak was outstanding at the heart of the defence, making three interceptions, completing three clearances and carried the ball out of defence to start.
These Kopites who were keeping a close eye on Kabak were suitably impressed…
He bossed the game
— ?? LFC #7 ??? (@KittuLFC) March 24, 2021
Kabak had an impressive game https://t.co/n1493OjOYM
— Percy Delaco Scott (@delaco_percy) March 24, 2021
? | Ozan Kabak vs Netherlands:
3 ground duels won
2 aerial duels won
6 long balls completed
100% dribble success
1 chance created
0 times dribbled past
*THAT* goal-line clearance
*THAT* dribble and pass
20 years of age. Sensational performance. pic.twitter.com/JkT70xj3DP
— The Anfield Buzz (@TheAnfieldBuzz) March 24, 2021
He had an outstanding game, solid and put no foot wrong. He had two great bursts forward, dribbling …pen at end was De LIGT clearly letting himself fall to get the pen
— Sam Kallenberger (@sakalsanfran) March 24, 2021
Just another day at the office for the “wall”. https://t.co/uPVMNWALiI
— ??????????? (@AhmedThaqif) March 25, 2021
Looks like theyve found another Gem https://t.co/TEsGEKtEKz
— Barry O'Sullivan 19 ? 6? (@BarryOsully) March 24, 2021