Jurgen Klopp must find a way to fast-track Ben Davies into the Liverpool side. The Reds are in desperate need after another defeat.
Liverpool followed up there home defeat against Brighton with a 4-1 home defeat against Manchester City. An error-strewn defeat at that.
And now they’ve followed that terrible performance with an equally poor showing away at Leicester. Again, it featured calamitous errors.
The midfield and defence, then, look truly terrible. Liverpool struggle to control games and a lack of confidence at the back makes things worse.
It’s the only way we can explain Alisson’s newly-found trait for doing the inexplicable – he just doesn’t trust his defence.
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Liverpool’s centre-back pairing against Leicester was Ozan Kabak alongside Jordan Henderson. Or, a 20-year-old on debut alongside a central midfielder.
That’s not ideal.
It was a knock-on effect, too, as Henderson is away from midfield. Liverpool remain undefeated with him starting there.
How do they fix this, then? Especially as Fabinho may miss Liverpool’s next two games.
On the fast-track
We think Jurgen Klopp has to take a chance on Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak forming a natural partnership. There potential is there – while Kabak is young, he has top-flight experience. While Davies lacks top-flight experience, he’s entering his prime.
Hopefully, then, they compliment one another. Whether they can do that stylistically, we don’t know – Davies hasn’t played, yet.
But getting a natural defensive pairing together with Henderson in midfield sounds a lot stronger than the current setup. It should improve Liverpool.
And we have reason to believe that Davies can have a quick, reliable impact.
When Liverpool signed the player, Klopp spoke highly of him, saying there’s a lot he loves about his play. Specifically, though, he labelled him ‘football smart’.
“I love a lot about his play,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “He’s a really good footballer, looks like a proper leader in this Preston team, good in challenges, looks football smart, can play different positions because he played in a back three and a back four and all these things.”
That tells us that Davies may have the natural know-how to form a quick partnership and fill in the gaps at the back. He may be a little less error-prone than some.
Klopp will want to wait before trying out Davies and Kabak as a partnership, of course. They haven’t been here two weeks. But he may not have a choice.
Liverpool need to try something new that can solidify them as a team. We think Davies coming into the defence and Henderson returning to midfield is exactly that.