Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been impressed by Ozan Kabak's performances this season, claiming his displays have justified the club's decision to bring him in on loan midway through the season.
Kabak joined Liverpool from Schalke after Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip had all suffered season ending injuries and the Reds have an option to make the move permanent in the summer for £18m.
The 20-year-old has formed a regular partnership with Nat Phillips and Klopp has praised the pair, saying: "It's good. How we always said – things have to develop, players have to get used to each other, there was never a question about quality or whatever, the boys have quality but then you have to bring it together and then it works.
"Especially in defending it is like this and Ozan and Nat do really well, and hopefully it will stay like this.
"They could play a lot of games [together], four Premier League games and I think four Champions League games as well, probably, so that makes it eight that they played together.
"That's really good, I can't say anything different and I am really happy for them. Ozan is a 21-year-old boy, came from Germany here [as] a big prospect.
"He was not lucky with the last two teams he was playing with, one went down and the other will probably go down.
"Nobody in world football really doubted his quality but coming then and making this big step and winning more games than before, it's really good for him that he can show that. We were convinced but in the end you never know, and he really proved that point.
"And Nat Phillips is just an exceptional career so far, with all the things he did in the past and what he thought about and where he was and all these things.
"Now playing for Liverpool in the Champions League, Premier League, winning games, winning challenges.
"Probably the best heading statistics in the history of the Premier League I could imagine at least, it is unbelievable what the boy is doing there, and on top of that playing good football.
"So, it's really nice. Obviously the start, or the restart for one, and the start of a proper career for both – that's really nice."
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