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Ozan Kabak injury must lead to long-awaited debut - RTK view

Ozan Kabak has an injury, according to Jurgen Klopp. This is one that should lead to a long-awaited debut.

Jurgen Klopp says Ozan Kabak picked up an injury this week. It’s one that will likely rule him out of the Fulham game.

“Ozan had yesterday after the game a little problem,” he said, per Liverpoolfc.com. “He has played a lot of games now and we will see if he is ready for Fulham.

“It doesn’t look like in the moment, so we will have to find solutions.”

It’s a big game for Liverpool, of course. But then, every game is, now. The Reds desperately need to end their terrible form.

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They’ll host Fulham on the back of five consecutive home defeats – a run we would have considered absolutely impossible two months ago.

Yet here we are and Liverpool need change. The Kabak injury forces them into at least one. For us, the answer is obvious.

Debut

There is some good news on the injury front. “Nat [Phillips], I think, will be ready and Ben [Davies] as well,” said Klopp.

And that, for us, has to be the centre-back pairing on Sunday. It means a debut for Davies, someone who signed for the club well over a month ago.

We haven’t actually seen him yet, though. Klopp appears hesitant, presumably because of a lack of top-flight experience.

But we think it’s absolutely vital that Klopp restores Fabinho to defensive midfield. The Brazilian can sure up a problem area and make life a lot easier for everyone.

His midfield inclusion simplifies the area. No one else needs to worry about covering the defence to a high degree and Fabinho creates a platform for others to play off.

This should take precedence over anything else. But that, of course, leaves a two spaces open at centre-back.

And that’s where Phillips and Davies should slot in. Yes, that’s an inexperienced defence but Liverpool desperately need to save their midfield. That inexperience is the cost.

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Liverpool won’t get a better chance to test Davies than at home against the team in 18th. This is the weakest side they’ll play at home for the rest of the season.

Throw Davies in now and see what he can do with Fabinho in front of him. Because if that works, Liverpool have something very useful – another defender to rely on and the world’s best defensive midfielder in his natural position.

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