Jurgen Klopp says Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies have taken “big steps” in recent days, and during the club’s weekend clash with Leicester City, the pair may be in line for Liverpool debuts.
Just before the transfer window was set, the two signed for the Reds, giving Klopp a few more choices in his backline during an injury crisis.
All out with long-term injuries are Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip, while Fabinho will miss out against Leicester this weekend too.
Klopp said, “Both Ben and Ozan are calm people who are eager to learn and have a great attitude. In adapting to the way we play, they are making big strides. That’s important again, too. We still have a straightforward way of defending, which is significant. There are already nine players used to what we have done before if all of them are on the pitch. If two players do something entirely different, it can lead to an awkward circumstance. So far, it’s all fine. We must make a decision now. We have to change again because of Fab, and now we will see which solution we will take.”
He has other choices to turn to should Klopp decide against using Kabak or Davies against Leicester on Saturday.
In recent weeks, Jordan Henderson has been a deputy in defense as Klopp this season used 12 separate central defensive partnerships in the Premier League.
Youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, who have stepped in many times this season because of the Reds’ injury problems, are among the other choices.
Heading into a game with Leicester on Saturday, Liverpool is fourth in the Premier League.
Recently, against Manchester City, the Reds endured a 4-1 loss, headlined by many blunders from the normally steady Alisson.
As a result, between last season’s champions and fifth-place Chelsea, there’s just a one-point difference, while Leicester currently sits three points ahead of Liverpool in the table.
There is a doubt that they might drop out of the Champions League entirely due to the Reds’ recent struggles.
However, they are still in the competition this season, as they look forward to a clash with RB Leipzig, due to Germany’s coronavirus limitations, to be held in Budapest.