New Liverpool signing Ozan Kabak has revealed he is looking forward to working with his ‘idol’ Virgil Van Dijk.
The Schalke defender completed a move to Anfield on transfer deadline day.
He’s joined for the remainder of the season on loan. Liverpool have the chance to sign him permanently for £18 million in the summer.
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Kabak has now opened up on his move to the Premier League, calling it a ‘dream come true’.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the player said: “Liverpool was my childhood team. So I always wanted to come to this club, to play at this amazing stadium, in front of these amazing fans.
“It’s a dream for me. Now the dream comes true.
“My target is to be a top player. I need to improve a lot. I have talent but I need to improve myself and to get some minutes, to make some games here. Then I want to be a top player, like the others.
“I think this team has a lot of top players, top talents, so I want to improve every training [session], every game and to be strong to help the team.”
When asked about the prospect of playing alongside Van Dijk, Kabak continued: “Virgil Van Dijk is, I think, the best centre-back in the world at the moment. The last three or four years he was always on his best performance.
“He’s strong, he’s fast and he’s clever. So that’s why I see him as an idol. I want to meet with him as soon as possible, to be honest.”
Kabak also spoke highly of new manager Jurgen Klopp: “I’m looking forward to working with him. He’s one of the best coaches in the world. I have heard a lot of things about him from my ex-coach David Wagner – he told me a lot of things about him.
“Like I said, I’m looking forward to working with him, to take some things from him.”
Kabak isn’t expected to play in Liverpool’s match against Brighton tonight. He could make his debut against Man City on Sunday.