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Kabak makes Liverpool debut and Vardy returns to Leicester City starting line-up

Ozan Kabak (£5.0m) is the latest man to partner auxiliary centre-half Jordan Henderson (£5.4m) for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

With Fabinho (£5.4m) ruled for the Reds with a muscle injury, the German’s hand was forced into another backline shuffle.

Ben Davies (£5.0m), also brought in as centre-back cover, is not part of the Liverpool matchday 18 due to a knock. Nat Phillips (£4.0m) is on the bench after deputising in Gameweek 22. On Kabak, Klopp said ahead of the early DGW24 kick-off:

It was a good training week for him, an important training week for him. Unfortunately, Ben Davies picked up a little knock as well so…it’s unbelievable.

Ozan looked good in training. The boys got used to each other. Of course today is a proper test against Leicester; against Vardy, against Maddison, against Barnes. It will be tricky but we think we are prepared.

On Leicester, Klopp added:

They can change systems, they are really strong and are extremely good at the counter attack.

Along with Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara (£5.6m) is the other player to drop out of Klopp’s XI from the 4-1 defeat to Manchester City in Gameweek 23. James Milner (£5.3m) is the man drafted into the midfield three.

Otherwise things are as we might expect for the champions. Mohamed Salah (£12.6m) Sadio Mane (£11.9m) Roberto Firmino (£9.3m), Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.4m) Andy Robertson (£7.3m) and Alisson (£5.9m) all start. Ahead of kick off, Alexander-Arnold told BT Sport:

It’s huge for us, coming here is always difficult. We’ve had a week to work on things, it’s chop and change at the back at the moment but we have to get used to that.

We are prepared for a few systems that Leicester may use and we think we can hurt them.

In embargoed quotes on Friday night, Klopp had said of Kabak and Davies:

Yeah, [Kabak is a] calm person. So, both Ben [Davies] and Ozan are calm people, willing to learn, great attitude. They really throw themselves in everything that is ahead of them – what a defender should do. Making big steps, adapting to the way we play, that’s important.

We have still a clear way to defend, which is important, because if both of them would be on the pitch, then there are still nine players who are used to what we did before – so if the two players would do something differently that would lead to a strange situation.

It’s all good so far. Now we have to make decisions. We have to change again because of Fab and now we will see which solution we will take.

Leicester could be using a back four or a wing-back system at the King Power stadium, with Brendan Rodgers coy in his pre-match interview. When BT Sport suggest the Foxes were in playing in a different shape, Rodgers responded:

Well you’ll see…not really. I think we have the flexibility to play in that [different formation]. That’s been the pleasing element of the team’s development in specific games. We can adapt and change.

Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) returns to the Leicester league XI for the first time since Double Gameweek 19. The forward did log 29 minutes as a sub in GW23 and started the midweek FA Cup win against Brighton.

James Maddison (£7.4m) and Harvey Barnes (£6.9m) could flank Vardy in a 3-4-3 set up, while Wilfred Ndidi (£4.8m) also makes his injury return to start in midfield.

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) looks set to operate at either left-back or left wing-back, with £3.9m defender Daniel Amartey playing on the right-hand side of Rodgers’ defence.

Unfortunately, the aformentioned James Justin will be out for a lengthy period after an ACL injury in that FA Cup this tie. Rodgers stated on Saturday:

He [Justin] has an operation next week and hopefully he’ll be back within a number of months. Big blow for us.

Leicester XI (4-1-4-1 or 3-4-3): Schmeichel; R Pereira, Soyuncu, Evans, Amartey; Ndidi; Barnes, Maddison, Tielemans, Albrighton; Vardy.

Liverpool XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Robertson, Henderson, Kabak, Alexander-Arnold; Jones, Wijnaldum, Milner; Mane, Firmino, Salah.

1,411 Comments Post a Comment
  1. mynameisq
    • 7 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    This game is easy, just sit back and watch everyone else panic and make mistakes 😛

  2. Sun Jihai
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Salah G check
    Next Son G

    1. 007 [RoboKlopp]
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      This

    2. Little Red Lacazette
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Pope CS and Mee goal is all I ask for.

  3. AC Yew
    • 2 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Lol almost benched but started in last second!

  4. Do I Not Like Orange
    • 8 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    I hate Salah

    1. Kellz86
      • 3 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Is he an orange?

      1. Do I Not Like Orange
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        An orange would've been more use in all those weeks I captained him

  5. Cilly Bonnolly
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Need a Leicester goal without Vardy involvement now.

  6. arkom
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Marry me Mou!!

    1. Limbo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Mourinho?

  7. 1zverGGadeM
    • 4 Years
    2 months, 26 days ago

    Another Goal of the Month Award is going for Salah!

  8. DropkickMurphys
      2 months, 26 days ago

      I saw someone on this site writing recently that Salah is a bonus point repellent. I couldn’t agree more. After scoring a goal he is still not getting any bonus as of now lol.

      1. Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Its because he's selfish

    • AC/DC AFC
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Nothing like a bit of football banter and ding dong on a Saturday!

      1. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Nothing like seeing Mo sellers punished yet again

        1. Slouch87
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Yawn

    • UKG
      • 10 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Salah punishing sellers. Lovely.

      1. Gandalf
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        As always

      2. Lethargio Alcantara
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        I still got him and I think he punishes those who keep him, week in and week out.
        He´s just not doing enough for a player that costs more than 12m

    • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
      • 11 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      salah still has 4 goals in 10 games. Form has been terrible lately but looks like he might be finding it again

    • Hotdogs for Tea
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      pointless goal though ... every one owns Salah so no move in rank

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        20% don’t top 10k

      2. Magic Zico
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Not too bad to cover hits ... 2 relative points

    • aborg
      • 4 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      WOW what an assist that was for Firmino....just sublime

      1. Mengo
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Definitely one of the absolute best I’ve seen

    • Duke Silver ☑
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 6 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Ndidi still ahead of Salah in bps 😆

      1. KAPTAIN KANE
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Not sure if winning goal has been added yet

    • Steve The Spud
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 1 Year
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Salah Nob jockeys emerge

      1. Punty McPuntface
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        What an odd post

      2. Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Always the same. Juvenile nonsense.

      3. Pukki Blinders
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Salah sellers in tears again

    • YEAH PITCH!
      • 2 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Lol Sterling hasn't played yet......

    • Bounce
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Mark is having a nightmare.

        1. Magic Zico
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          What? Why?

      • Yankee Toffee
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Salah still not in the baps...

        1. Ajax Hamsterdam
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          will be after his double 😉

      • lifes a pitch
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Can ppl stop moaning about Salah now

        1. Kellz86
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          When hell freezes over mate

      • Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Everyone banging on like he's got a hattrick. Don't even think he's on for a bonus point atm.

      • La Roja
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Ridiculous yc

      • Disturbed
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Kabak yelloy

      • JJO
        • 8 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        This is not even a foul you fking muppet

        1. JIMMY764
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          This.

      • Slouch87
        • 5 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Salah goal inspires large volumes of mindless nonsense posts.

        1. Londongeezaa
          • 2 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Isn’t that always the case, regardless of who scored?

        2. Yankee Toffee
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Should be the headline of the next article.

      • ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
        • 11 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        salah not even in bonus 😆

        1. TheDragon
          • 3 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Yet...

        2. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
          • 7 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          As always

        3. El Fenomeno R9
          • 5 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          They will add after 2nd goal

      • Londongeezaa
        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Did Salah have many sellers this week?

      • Rainer
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Taylor playing for a Leicester goal now.

      • Fudgy
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 1 Year
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Mo Salah is officially back

      • FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        OK. Can we calm with the Salah talk. Important team news coming up

      • Milkman Bruno
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Not doing Salah to Fernandes might not hurt too bad after all!