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Leicester City vs Liverpool: Stage set for most important debut in years

Leicester City vs Liverpool could feature the Reds’ most important debut in years. It all depends on Jurgen Klopp’s thinking.

Leicester City vs Liverpool promises to be a huge game in the season – but it could also feature a debut or two. No matter what, the result here matters. Leicester sit in third, three points above Liverpool.

But Jurgen Klopp’s team go into this one without Fabinho. He has a muscle injury and won’t feature.

That potentially opens the door for a debut. No matter who is is, it’s Liverpool’s most important in years.

Game changer

Liverpool are in desperate need of a defender to come in and solidify the team. The knock-on effects could be game-changing for a team struggling to find themselves.

There’d be a natural centre-back in defence – one with actual experience! Jordan Henderson would permanently return to midfield – Liverpool remain unbeaten with him there.

And then there’s just the overall confidence that can surge through the team on the back of both. Liverpool would simply be a more assured, solid side.

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Either Ozan Kabak or Ben Davies could bring this – whoever Klopp thinks is the more ready, really.

Liverpool haven’t had a debut this important for years. We did have two this season, of course, with Thiago and Diogo Jota. Both are ‘luxuries’, though, as the team wasn’t crying out for either.

That duo didn’t arrive as missing parts. They were a slick coat of paint and and an oil change on an already winning machine.

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The last truly game-changing debut, then, was probably Fabinho. You can make an argument that it was Alisson before him, though.

Either way, we’re going back to August/September 2018. Liverpool have had a settled, successful side ever since.

Now, though, they’re in desperate need of a puzzle piece or two. And we might just get to see if Kabak and Davies are the right fit today.

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