Ozan Kabak delighted with 'special' first clean sheet for Liverpool
Liverpool secured a much needed win against RB Leipzig on Tuesday, winning 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League game in Budapest.
Despite struggling for form in recent weeks, Liverpool produced a very good performance against RB Leipzig, particularly in the second half, as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane capitalised on some defensive errors from the German side to secure a 2-0 first-leg lead.
One man that stood out was Ozan Kabak, who had his mentality tested after a torrid afternoon in the weekend against Leicester City, after colliding with goalkeeper Alisson to give Leicester a goal, yet he was much more composed against Leipzig.
The Turkish defender was thrilled with the clean sheet and with the overall performance.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after the game, the 20-year-old defender said "It was so special for me because this was my first clean sheet and my first win in this jersey."
"I'm a new player, I'm a young player and there's a lot of stars here. I need a little time to adapt here and with time I will be better I think."
He then went on to praise the whole team performance, saying "I think we played very well and we gave everything on the pitch. We won all challenges in midfield and I think we deserved to win and I'm so happy."
"Leipzig are a really good team and second in the Bundesliga table but I think we controlled the game very well."
"First half we had a lot of good opportunities and second half we scored because of their mistakes – but we already had it under control."
Kabak also made history, becoming the first ever Turkish player to play for an English club in the UEFA Champions League.
He continued by saying "I think it was a really impressive game from us."
"The last three games we lost in the Premier League but we played very well I think. That's football - sometimes you can play good but lose."
Concluding, Kabak said "I hope if we continue to play like this tonight we will win our next Premier League game."
Kabak arrived on an initial loan deal from Schalke 04 until the end of the season on deadline day, with an option to make the deal permanent for £18 million which could rise to £26.5 million with add-ons.
The Turkish defender was voted as the club's Man of the Match on a Twitter poll on the club's official account, with 56.3 per cent of the votes, with over 100,000 votes casted.
Liverpool's next game is on Saturday, hosting Everton for the second Merseyside Derby of the season, and Kabak will be keen to build on what was a solid display from him and the whole team.