Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies need time to adjust to life at Anfield | Football news
Jurgen Klopp says new Liverpool signings Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies will need time to adjust to life at Anfield after they move to “Hollywood” on deadline day.
Liverpool were one of the most active Premier League clubs on the last day of the transfer window, with Davies arrives from Preston with £ 1.6million and Kabak joins six-month loan from Schalke with option to buy.
The double signature took place on the same day as Liverpool have confirmed defender Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.
Neither Kabak nor Davies will likely be involved against Brighton on Wednesday night, leaving Liverpool without a senior center-back available for the game.
When asked when the couple could debut, Klopp said: “We don’t live in an ideal world and that means we have to be smart, we have to be fast.
“There are different things we can try to do to help them, but obviously we play differently than Preston and Schalke.
“They’re going to need time but we don’t have a lot of it, so we’re going to use the time we have on our hands and do our best.
“If they were to start together tomorrow night, I think it wouldn’t be too cool. We’ll give them a few more days.”
In his first interview since joining Liverpool, Davies described the move as a “huge opportunity” and Klopp agrees with the 25-year-old.
“We don’t have to watch a Hollywood movie to see these kinds of stories, in football it is possible too,” Klopp said.
“Yesterday Preston, today Liverpool. It’s a great story and I can’t wait to start working with the boys.
“I’m a big fan of chances and giving opportunities. It’s an absolute chance for the club, for us as a team and for the boys too. It’s great – let’s go.”
Klopp: Van Dijk unlikely to return this season
Klopp admits Liverpool are hoping for a “miracle” in the physical form of first-choice center-back Virgil van Dijk, who has been sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament injury since October.
Klopp admits Van Dijk is unlikely to play again this season, but Liverpool could include the defender in their squad to be submitted to the Premier League for the second half of the campaign, with the hope that he will return sooner than expected. .
“No doctor has told me that there is a chance for Virgil to play again this season. I don’t mean it’s impossible but it’s not likely,” Klopp said.
“I think we have room for Virgil on the Champions League list. If we have room for that, then Virgil will be on the (Premier League) list.
“If there is no room, we have to make a decision. If he’s on the list, it’s only because we’re hoping for a miracle, that’s all.”