Ozan Kabak spoke of the “special” feeling of a success in a Liverpool shirt for the most fundamental time as the Reds took a gigantic lag towards the Champions League quarter-finals.
The defensive crisis on Merseyside ended in Kabak being signed on-loan from Schalke on closing date day and the Turkish centre-wait on made his debut at Leicester as Liverpool crashed to a third successive Premier League defeat.
A 3-1 loss at the King Energy Stadium became as soon as your total more galling for Kabak after a collision with goalkeeper Alisson Becker, but the contemporary arrival regarded more assured as Liverpool returned to a success ways in Europe on Tuesday night time.
It became as soon as RB Leipzig’s defenders who regarded more inclined within the most fundamental leg of the final-16 tie in Budapest as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane capitalised on just a few errors to stable a 2-0 victory.
Kabak told liverpoolfc.com: “It became as soon as so special for me which capability that became as soon as my first tidy sheet and my first snatch on this jersey.
“I salvage we performed thoroughly and we gave everything on the pitch. We received all challenges in midfield and I salvage we deserved to snatch and I’m so relaxed.
“Leipzig are a terribly factual team and 2d within the Bundesliga table, but I salvage we managed the sport thoroughly.
“Within the most fundamental half of we had numerous factual opportunities and within the 2d half of we scored thanks to their errors – but we already had it below opt watch over. I salvage it became as soon as a terribly impressive sport from us.”
Whereas it became as soon as Alisson who bore the brunt of the defensive mix-up within the midlands final Saturday, permitting Jamie Vardy to rating as Leicester got right here from within the wait on of to snatch, Kabak acknowledges he will rob time to resolve at his contemporary club.
“I’m a recent participant, I’m a younger participant and there’s numerous stars right here,” the 20-three hundred and sixty five days-feeble added. “I need a dinky bit time to adapt right here and with time I shall be greater, I salvage.”
Liverpool flip their attentions wait on to the domestic front as they regarded to arrest a shedding mosey that has seen them tumble 13 parts within the wait on of league leaders Manchester Metropolis.
Jurgen Klopp has conceded the defence of their title is over but their proceed has even seen them plod out of the high four before the visit of Everton within the Merseyside derby on Saturday.
“I hope if we proceed to play like this, we are going to present the option to snatch our subsequent Premier League sport,” Kabak added.
Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann is conscious of his aspect face an exhausting danger within the return leg – which is situation to be held at Anfield on March 10 but might maybe also very well be moved if the Bundesliga aspect are unable to shuffle to England.
The most fundamental leg became as soon as held at the Puskas Enviornment attributable to German authorities denying entry to arrivals from countries plagued by contemporary coronavirus variants, and Nagelsmann would be receptive to a return to the Hungarian capital.
“We can look when and the save aside the 2d leg will occur, it’s no longer in my arms, it’s no longer my determination,” Nagelsmann mentioned.
“Most likely it’s every other time right here, the stadium’s gargantuan, the pitch is implausible so it would also very well be an blueprint if it might’t occur in Liverpool.
“We conceded two away needs right here so it received’t be easy. We now salvage got to rating within the 2d sport but I salvage we earned admire right here due to we did well.
“I salvage Liverpool revered us prior to the sport but it’s now maybe a dinky greater and at the tip we prefer to be assured for the 2d sport.
“We construct no longer salvage any other solution than being assured and rob a eye at to attain our easiest within the 2d sport and rob a eye at to snatch.”