Liverpool have completed the signing of Ozan Kabak from Schalke – and manager Jurgen Klopp admits he could have landed a “future captain”.
Kabak, 20, has joined the Reds on a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season for a £18million fee.
The Turkish defender has arrived at Anfield after Klopp was given a glowing reference from former Schalke boss David Wagner.
And he revealed that the youngster has already been tipped as a natural leader with “proper personality” as he hinted he sees a bright future for the new signing at the club.
“Dave always said he will be a future captain of a team. He is a proper personality,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“When you go abroad in that young age, to another country and play for other clubs, he could have played in Turkey in each club he wants. Goes then to Stuttgart, goes then to Schalke.
“He could have gone anywhere but he wanted to make football steps and we are a proper football step for him. He wants to learn but he can deliver already.”
Schalke are bottom of the Bundesliga table having conceded 49 goals in just 19 games this term.
But Klopp reckons a more stable setup at Liverpool will serve Kabak well as he slots into the injury-hit defence.
“Yes, Dave was already very, very positive about him,” Klopp said.
“He came very young to Germany and everybody was clear he was a massive talent.
“He is only 20 now. He plays in his second club [in Germany]; he is at Schalke and unfortunately they are in a bad position in the moment.
“For him, I think it’s a really good moment to make the move because, like each player in the world, you need a stable team around you and that’s what we can deliver.
“We deliver a stable team and you can play your position, you don’t have to be 20 with pretty much everything on the pitch and not allowed to make mistakes anymore.
“He’s really a big, big talent and we are really looking forward to working with him.”