Liverpool are working hard to integrate Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies as fast as possible, according to Jurgen Klopp. They have a tough task ahead of them, though.
Jurgen Klopp has two new defenders in Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies. But when can he use them?
The Liverpool boss has them available when the Reds face Manchester City tomorrow but it’s not as simple as that. Playing for a new team means a lot of adapting, especially when that team is the champions.
That’s likely why the Mirror reported earlier in the week that Jordan Henderson and Fabinho would be the centre-half partnership. They have an idea of how Liverpool like to do things, after all.
But then, plans do change. And it sounds as though Liverpool are trying to change them rapidly.
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Klopp talked about his new defenders ahead of the City clash, giving some insight into how they’re getting them ready. It appears they hope to fast-track the duo in attempt to use them ASAP.
“In an ideal world we’d have a few weeks to work on defensive things with them, especially on organisation,” said Klopp, per the Guardian.
“Ben and Ozan yesterday had an analysis meeting where they got shown all the stuff that we usually do. It was like a centre-half movie.”
We do wish we could see that ‘movie’. It must have effectively been a best-of for Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.
“Now we have to make sure the new boys get as quickly as possible all the information they need,” he went on to say.
“In another position you can say: ‘Come on, play, try, we will see if we adapt a little bit to you.’ But in defence the things we do are clear.
“It’s about holding the lines, it’s about dropping at the right moments and we will see how quickly we can do that. Today is an important session for that, tomorrow as well.”
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We’re unsure whether Klopp will put either into the side on Sunday. Kabak feels like the most likely, though, given his top-flight experience.
Either is a major risk but then, so is playing Henderson and Fabinho as a partnership. Neither are defenders and neither have played there against a team as good as City.
We’ll have to wait and see what he does, then. But from the sounds of it, he hopes to have one defender ready for Sunday.
Fingers crossed they pull it off.