Ozan Kabak has claimed he is ideally suited to Liverpool’s style as he outlined what he will bring to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Kabak joined the Reds on loan for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day, with the Premier League champions desperate for defensive reinforcements.
Joel Matip was ruled out for the season the same day Kabak joined from Schalke, with Ben Davies also arriving from Preston on a permanent deal on Monday.
Klopp having been forced to play Fabinho and Jordan Henderson as emergency centre-halves recently, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez sidelined by long-term injuries.
And 20-year-old centre-back Kabak reckons he is just what the Reds have been waiting for after he completed his “dream” move to Merseyside.
“I would say I’m physically strong and a ball-playing centre-back. I’m good in the air. Sometimes I can score!” he told Liverpool’s official website.
“Liverpool play offensive football and press high; sometimes they leave some space in the back so I think Liverpool centre-backs need to be fast, so I think I suit it in this way.
“Also, they like to play and build the game, so you need to have good feet to build up the game. So I think I suit Liverpool very well.”
Kabak said Liverpool were his boyhood club – and he grew up idolising the Steven Gerrard-inspired side who came from 3-0 down to beat AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final.
“Liverpool was my childhood team,” the Turkey international said.
“So I always wanted to come to this club, to play at this amazing stadium, in front of these amazing fans. So it’s a dream for me. Now the dream comes true.
“It’s even more exciting for me because it came from my childhood.
“I know there’s a lot of legendary players. I also watched the Champions League final in 2005. I was really impressed a lot of times watching these games. They’re my memories.”
Liverpool host Brighton at Anfield at 8.15pm on Wednesday.