Ozan Kabak’s former coach insists the youngster will be able to handle the threat of Man City if he is thrown straight in at the deep end by Liverpool on Sunday.
The 20-year-old was not included in the matchday squad for Wednesday’s defeat to Brighton, but could be set for a baptism of fire at the weekend.
With Joel Matip sidelined and Fabinho still struggling for fitness, Kabak could well make his debut as a starter against the league leaders.
Liverpool would benefit from having Jordan Henderson back in their midfield, which increases Kabak’s chances of featuring from the off.
And his old youth coach at Galatasaray, Nedim Yigit, believes facing the likes of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus would not phase Kabak one bit.
“Mahatma Gandhi says, ‘There are two types of people; the ones who get the job done the ones who claim it.'” Yigit told Goal .
“I don’t want my name to be on the latter one, because Kabak was always a player with a high football IQ.
“He still is. It takes a very short time to both perceive what is happening around him and to apply what he has been taught. He adapts quickly.”
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But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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Kabak was snapped up by Galatasaray’s academy after impressing Yigit, who had got wind of a talented prospect at Silivrispor.
Initially Kabak, like most young kids, had ambitions of playing as a striker – the position in which he had caught the eye of local scouts.
After making the jump to Galatasaray, though, he was soon converted to right-back, before eventually finding his feet as a centre-half.
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Yigit admitted even then that Kabak stood out from the rest of the group, and knew they were overseeing the development of a “special boy”.
“When we were training him our first goal was obviously to get him playing for the first team at Galatasaray,” Yigit added.
“But from the day he left for Stuttgart, we were sure he would rise to the level of Bayern Munich or Borussia Dortmund.”
They weren’t far wrong.