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Reds hope 'We may have judged him too quickly' - John Aldridge on Liverpool's rising star

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is unlikely they will secure a top-four finish this season (Phil Noble/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is unlikely they will secure a top-four finish this season (Phil Noble/PA)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes it is unlikely they will secure a top-four finish this season (Phil Noble/PA)

Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge believes critics were too quick to write off a player who has been signed to solve Liverpool's defensive crisis, as he suggests Ozan Kabak could yet emerge as a star man for manager Jurgen Klopp.

Kabak joined Liverpool from Schalke in a loan deal, as manager Jurgen Klopp attempted to plugs the gaps in a defensive line torn apart by injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

At the age of 20, Kabak was always going to need time to settle into English football and form a defensive partnership with one of Liverpool's remaining fit defenders.

Now Aldridge has suggested there was a rush to judgement on Kabak after a challenging start to his time in a Liverpool team that had lost its way long before he arrived.

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Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak

Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak

Liverpool centre-back Ozan Kabak

"We looked at Kabak in his first couple of matches and people were not sure whether he was good enough, but that was probably a harsh judgement," Aldo told sundayworld.com.

"I was among those who look at his first few performances and didn't like what I saw, but players who have never played in English football always take time to get used to the pace of the game and he was thrown in at the deep end without a float.

"He was coming into a team that had lost all confidence and at the age of 20, it was not realistic for him to solve all of Liverpool's problems instantly.

"What we have seen from him in the last few games puts a slightly different perspective. He looked decent alongside Nat Phillips in the games before the international break and maybe those two can build a partnership to take Liverpool through to the end of the season.

"The big test will come when they take on Real Madrid in the Champions League and maybe the likes of Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain at the back end of the competition, but there have been some positive signs from Kabak.

"They have to make a decision on whether to sign him permanently at the end of the season and by then, a final judgement can be made."

Aldridge believes Liverpool need to sign two defenders this summer, to plug gaps that have been cruelly exposed this season.

"I like Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, but they are both injury prone and Liverpool need to make sure what has happened this season doesn't happen again," he added.

"That means bringing in two defenders this summer, with Kabak a contender for one of those roles. Nat Phillips could also be part of the first team plans next season, but Klopp will know he needs to sign at least two centre-backs."

Read John Aldridge's latest column in this weekend's Sunday World newspaper.

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