Jurgen Klopp reveals when Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies will be ready to make debuts

Jurgen Klopp has hinted his transfer deadline day signing Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies could be immediately forced in to emergency action against Brighton tomorrow.

Liverpool’s seemingly never-ending injury-crisis worsened on Monday when it was confirmed that Joel Matip would join the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the sidelines and miss the rest of the campaign following confirmation of an ankle ligament injury.

The champions moved swiftly in an attempt to offset that hammer blow and signed both Kabak and Davies during a final frantic few hours of the January window.

Kabak arrived on-loan from Schalke until the end of the season and the Reds have the option to make the deal a permanent one for £18million in the summer, while Davies cost an initial £1.5m from Championship club Preston.

Klopp would have preferred both players to have been afforded the luxury of time to settle in to their new surroundings, but with Fabinho likely to miss tomorrow’s match both players could be in for a baptism of fire even if that would represent a far from ideal scenario.

‘They [could] play tomorrow,’ Klopp confirmed at his pre-match press conference. ‘We only signed them yesterday. For both players it is a big chance and for us as well. We have options – we work under pressure.

‘They have played football – German football and Championship football. We search for stability – it’s tough for Neco and Kostas as well – they are new and young – we try to help them. We will use the time we have and try our best.

‘If they had to start together tomorrow, that would not be too cool. I think we will give them a few more days.

‘They both have a lot of experience. Ozan is really young which is really special – Ben – what a story. Yesterday at Preston, today at Liverpool. I am a big fan of chances and opportunities.’

Fabinho has deputised admirably this season at the heart of Liverpool’s defence and Klopp is confident the Brazilian will be back before too long to ease the burden on his new signings.

He added: ‘Fabinho is not too far away. We had to make sure we had options – now the players have to work for the chance and use the chance. That is how it is.’

Former Arsenal star Paul Merson, meanwhile, claimed Kabak’s agent deserved a knighthood for engineering a move to Liverpool given Schalke’s current situation, but Klopp insists the German club’s plight is not a reflection on the 20-year-old’s ability.

He said: ‘Schalke have a lot of problems but it is nothing to do with Ozan. He never lost his quality – he is still a talent. We will see him come here, in a really stable team.

‘He can help us and we can help him. We are without our first four CB choices. Only Fabinho will come back in the next week or so and he’s a six.’

‘Our problem has been if one more things happened, we would be really struggling. We now have more options – it is not perfect, we signed them yesterday.’

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