Liverpool fans are all calling for Jurgen Klopp to hand Ozan Kabak his Premier League debut ahead of the clash with Manchester City on Sunday.
The German manager confirmed that Kabak is in line to feature against Pep Guardiola’s league leaders after he was given international clearance on Friday.
Kabak, who joined the Reds from Schalke on deadline-day, did not feature in the game against Brighton on Wednesday night, but he could be handed his inaugural Anfield bout at the weekend.
“International clearance, yes,” said Klopp, per the club’s official website, after consulting Liverpool’s press officer beside him. “Obviously in the last 10 minutes because 10 minutes ago nobody told me that. Great!”
Kabak to start?
The 20-year-old’s availability, along with that of fellow deadline-day signing Ben Davies, could see at least one of the aforementioned names start against City at the weekend.
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This would enable club-captain Jordan Henderson to return to his preferred midfield role, having deputised at the back in five of Liverpool’s previous six matches.
Klopp said he was unsure whether or not Kabak will start, although a he did not rule out the possibility of handing the seven-time Turkey international his club debut.
“I don’t know. Our situation, we will see who can play again, who cannot, who should not or should play again. All these kind of things and then we’ll see.
“In an ideal world you have a few weeks to work together on defensive things, especially organisation and all these kind of things. The boys now, Ben and Ozan, trained yesterday and had an analysis meeting where they got shown all the stuff we do usually, like a centre-half movie.
“So, today, proper session, tomorrow proper session, and then we’ll see. I don’t know yet.”
It still remains to be seen whether or not Klopp will go for Kabak at the weekend or stick with experience, with Jordan Henderson and Fabinho tipped to play in defence.
This comes from The Mirror. They say that the 53-year-old manager will reinstate the same partnership that were together during the 0-0 draw with Manchester United last month.
Liverpool cannot afford to lose, after all. A first Anfield win since 2003 for City would take Guardiola and his team 10 points clear of the Reds having played a game less.
Let’s see what the Anfield faithful had to say on reports that Kabak could be in line for his Liverpool debut.