Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports that he thinks Jurgen Klopp should hand a Premier League debut to Ozan Kabak against Manchester City on Sunday.
Liverpool bought both Kabak and Ben Davies on deadline-day in an attempt to tighten the defensive unit in the long-term absence of Klopp’s three first-choice centre-backs.
And Carragher thinks Klopp should waste no time in getting his most recent addition Kabak up to speed against City at the weekend.
“I expect Alisson to be back, Fabinho could be back at centre-back maybe the new centre-back Ozan Kabak plays with Jordan Henderson playing in midfield, and I think Sadio Mane will be back,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“If that is the case, it would feel like Liverpool had half of their team back, so that would be a lot stronger proposition and I think Liverpool will give City a really good game, I really do.
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“Let’s not forget, this is a different City with no Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bruyne, and this season has been all about keeping clean sheets.
“Liverpool have been struggling to score goals against certain types of teams, but I wouldn’t class City as one of them. City aren’t a defensive team, they are very good defensively, that’s a big difference.”
What RTK has to say
Carragher does make a valid point, particularly in the case of moving Henderson back into midfield.
There is no doubt that the Reds have suffered without their chief organiser and last season’s FWA Footballer of the Year pulling the strings in midfield.
Indeed, it is risky bedding-in a new player, especially against City, but it could be a gamble that pays dividends.
Liverpool, once again, need to rediscover their spark and there is no doubt that returning Henderson back to his natural position would go a long way in doing so.