Michael Owen and Leon Osman told Premier League Productions that Ozan Kabak ‘didn’t handle it’ from kick-off during Liverpool’s defeat to Everton on Saturday.
Former Liverpool striker Owen claimed that he felt ‘sorry’ for the January signing, who has had a disastrous start to life on Merseyside.
It doesn’t help Kabak’s cause that he has joined a team that was already struggling prior to him stepping foot into England.
Well, it was Richarlison who ran off Kabak’s shoulder to score early on at Anfield, as Owen and Osman shared their thoughts on the Liverpool defender.
“We highlight Henderson with his man Richarlison and James (Rodriguez) with Kabak,” said Owen.
“Kabak is thinking ‘right where is James, that’s my man’. But all of a sudden, Richarlison goes into an offside position. Now he (Kabak) has got two problems.
“He’s got this (Rodriguez) but this guy Richarlison has floated into his area. He’s thinking ‘shall I go?’ It’s very difficult for him. I feel sorry for him. But all of a sudden he has given two problems within a split second.
Osman added: “Right from the kick-off, Everton put him right underneath the ball. He didn’t handle it as well as you would expect.”
Jurgen Klopp partnered Kabak alongside Jordan Henderson on Saturday, but just like near-on every centre-back or makeshift centre-back at Liverpool, he picked up an injury.
It now means that Liverpool may well have two inexperienced players at the heart of their defence for a number of weeks unless Henderson and Fabinho make a swift return.
The problem facing Liverpool is that their hopes of finishing in the Champions League places are slipping away from them and there’s little hope on the horizon to suggest that things will change.