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Jurgen Klopp has revealed that new recruit Ben Davies is injured, after handing teammate Ozan Kabak his Leicester debut.
In his 300th game for Liverpool, Klopp revealed his dismay after spreading the news that Davies had missed out on the team through injury.
Klopp said BT Sport: “It was a good training week, an important training week for him. Unfortunately, Ben Davies also took a little hit, unbelievable!
“But Ozan looked really good in training and he got used to it. The boys got used to it and today we know it’s a fitting test against Leicester, against Vardy, against Maddison, against Barnes. So it will be difficult, but we are prepared. “
He was asked if it was a step up for Ozan Kabak, who only signed on the deadline with Davies.
Klopp said: “I think it’s not the difference between the Premier League and the Bundesliga, because in the Bundesliga you play against the best, the best forwards. It is more that you are in a new team that makes a difference.
“Defending is common, a player cannot defend alone, so we all need to get used to it and that is what we tried to do in the last sessions. Hopefully it worked. “
Kabak makes his debut for Liverpool in the Premier League duel with Leicester City.
The Turkish international will start in place of the injured Fabinho in the Reds’ defense at King Power Stadium.
It means the new kid will team up with Jordan Henderson in the back after catching up on Klopp’s style in Kirkby.
“Both Ben and Ozan are calm people, eager to learn, great attitude,” he told the club official website on Friday. “They really jump into everything that awaits them, what a defender has to do. Take big steps, adapt to the way we play, that’s important. “
It is one of the two changes made by Klopp, and in the other James Milner replaces Thiago Alcantara in midfield.
Divock Origi is ruled out with a hamstring injury. Sadio Mane will make his 200th appearance with the champions.
Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Henderson, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Substitutes: Adrian, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, R. Williams, Phillips, Clarkson, N. Williams.
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