Klopp dismayed at another injury; says no step-up for debutant Kabak

Date published: Saturday 13th February 2021 12:30 - Matthew Briggs

Jurgen Klopp TEAMtalk

Jurgen Klopp has revealed new recruit Ben Davies is injured, after handing fellow new boy Ozan Kabak his debut at Leicester.

In his 300th Liverpool game, Klopp revealed his dismay after divulging the news that Davies had missed out on the squad with an injury.

Klopp told BT Sport: “It was a good training week, an important training week for him. Unfortunately, Ben Davies picked up a little knock as well, unbelievable!

“But Ozan looked really good in training and got used to it. The boys got used to each other and today we know is a proper test against Leicester, against Vardy, against Maddison, against Barnes. So it will be tricky but we are prepared.”

Asked if it was a step-up for Ozan Kabak, who only signed on deadline day with Davies.

Klopp said: “I think it is not the difference between the Premier League and the Bundesliga, because in the Bundesliga you play against top, top strikers. It’s more that you are in a new team that makes the difference.

“Defending is a common thing, one player can not defend alone so we all need to get used to each other and that’s what we tried to do in the last few sessions. Hopefully it worked.”

Kabak makes his Liverpool debut in the Premier League duel with Leicester City.

The Turkey international will start in place of the injured Fabinho in the Reds’ defence at the King Power Stadium.

It means the new boy will partner Jordan Henderson at the back after getting up to speed on Klopp’s style at Kirkby.

Two changes

“Both Ben and Ozan are calm people, willing to learn, great attitude,” he told the club’s official website on Friday. “They really throw themselves in everything that is ahead of them, what a defender should do. Making big steps, adapting to the way we play, that’s important.”

It’s one of two changes made by Klopp, with the other seeing James Milner replace Thiago Alcantara in midfield.

Divock Origi is ruled out with a hamstring injury. Sadio Mane will make his 200th appearance for the champions.

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Henderson, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, R. Williams, Phillips, Clarkson, N. Williams.

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