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Klopp Talk: Could Kabak-Phillips Be The Defensive Partnership For Liverpool’s Worries?

A dominant clean sheet in the Champions League gives the boss much to think about

Liverpool FC v RB Leipzig - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two Photo by Laszlo Szirtesi - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Nothing is ideal about the situation Liverpool find themselves in with their backline. Much has been made about how many different centerback pairings the team has had to use, but has the team found a solution to their issues? Not so fast, says manager Jurgen Klopp, despite Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips having a great game in the Champions LEague.

“Look, there’s no test now or whatever, it’s not a testing period about long-term future and stuff like this. No, we will see.” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Wolves on Monday. “I hope they will stay fit, I cannot sit here and give guarantees for these kind of things. I heard nothing different so far, so I think they will be available. And it looked good and if they are physically ready to go again, which I hope, then why should we change it? That’s clear. You want to have consistency and we never had.”

Klopp was a bit cryptic when asked about the other defender Liverpool signed in the winter transfer window, Ben Davies.

“Ben Davies has to adapt, it was always clear. A lot of players came here to Liverpool and the most famous story is maybe Andy Robertson and it took him half a year in a normal season, where pretty much everything else was kind of settled, to settle in. Ben is a really good player but he has to get used to all the stuff here as well and these kind of things. That’s how it is. What we have now still [are] options and hopefully it will stay like this.”

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