Ozan Kabak has seemingly suggested that Virgil van Dijk is set to return for Liverpool before the end of the season.
The Turkey international joined the Reds on loan from Schalke on transfer deadline day as Jurgen Klopp responded to his side's injury-crisis in defence, having seen Joel Matip join Joe Gomez and the Dutchman as long-term absentees.
While the club have confirmed the Cameroonian won't return before pre-season, they have resisted putting a timescale on the latter duo's respective recoveries, however, the Liverpool boss has previously admitted he doesn't expect to have either Van Dijk or Gomez back this season.
Yet despite that admission from Klopp, Kabak has hinted that the Reds' number four might be able to feature before the end of the season afterall - as he looks ahead to "playing with him" in defence.
Liverpool have an option to sign the 20-year-old permanently in the summer, though it is too early to to determine whether or not they will activate that clause.
But that didn't prevent him from admitting he is looking forward to playing alongside Van Dijk in the near future when revealing how the Reds' record signing has been helping him adjust to how Klopp's side play.
"I have met with him. He is a really nice guy, a top person – like his talent," the Turk told the club website.
"He gave me a lot of help and tips about football. Now he is in rehabilitation but I hope he will be back soon and he will help us on the pitch also.
"I am looking forward to playing with him, of course, in the defence.
"He gave me some advice about how Liverpool plays in defence and how we have a high line, so he gave me some tips about how Liverpool play.
"It’s little things but of course it helps when you play, when you defend. He is such an experienced guy and his words are very valuable for me."
Van Dijk isn't the only player at Anfield who has gone out of his way to help Kabak settle on Merseyside.
Reflecting on his time at the club so far, the defender revealed how Roberto Firmino, Thiago Alcantara and Xherdan Shaqiri have also helped him find his feet despite a challenging start to his Liverpool career.
"I’m still trying to settle in but everyone is so nice and friendly with me, so they make everything easier for me," he said. "All (my teammates) are really nice people.
"Of course some of them speak German, like Thiago, Bobby and Shaqiri also. They help me because we sometimes speak German. That also helps."
He continued: "We have had a lot of injured players and we had a lot of unfortunate things on the pitch and off the pitch also, like with Jurgen’s mum and Ali’s dad. We are so sorry for them also.
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"But it is life and it is football, everything can happen. We had a lot of injured players and lately Hendo got an injury, but for us the most important thing is that the other players gave absolutely everything on the pitch.
"We are 11 players on the pitch and it doesn’t matter who plays, we give everything for this jersey and we try to manage to win.
"I think when the injured players come back, of course we will be better. But without these players we will also give everything to manage to win the other games."