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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.

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  1. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
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    2 months, 26 days ago

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        • 5 Years
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    2. Yankee Toffee
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      The Pope.

    3. In Bale We Trust
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      0-0 to come pls

    4. FFS Ultras are for Kinnear
      • 7 Years
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      No Vydra

  2. JONALDINHO
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    90 goals and 38 assists in 3 and a half seasons. Nothing short of sensational. Will go down as one of the best players in Premier league history yet people still disrespect him on the daily

  3. Fudgy
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    • 1 Year
    2 months, 26 days ago

    BARNES STARTS!!!

    1. Magic Zico
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      Season not over

    2. EmreCan Hustle
      • 8 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      74 minutes played already

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

      imagine owning Barnes

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

        Like night follows day Pukki.

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    4. Nomar
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      Yes, we can enjoy those 2 points incoming.

  4. Ginkapo FPL
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    2 months, 26 days ago

    Remember that Firmino is the most overated player in the prem

  5. TomSaints
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    2 months, 26 days ago

    Anyone but Salah. Such a good goal though

    1. doher.ty
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thanks

    2. Eh, just one more thing ...
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      • 9 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Now a Barnes equaliser would be sublime ...

    3. Jack Burton
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      • 5 Years
      2 months, 26 days ago

      Lowton and Mee check

    4. Flair
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      2 months, 26 days ago

      When did Zidane enter Firmino's soul?

    5. Sun Jihai
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      2 months, 26 days ago

      OMG Pope starts! Scenes!

    6. how now brown cow
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      2 months, 26 days ago

      Trent & Robbo cs and baps.

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    7. La Roja
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      Gibbs coming on

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      2. SomewhatPleasing
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        Top stuff.

    9. Make United Great Again
      • 8 Years
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      Burnley are definitely conceding

      1. Stormbringer22
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        Let's hope so

    10. boc610
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      2 months, 26 days ago

      maddison looks like wayne rooney with some air let out

    11. Hotdogs for Tea
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      just need a Leicester goal

    12. Fudgy
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      Triple Burnley check?

      1. Little Red Lacazette
        • 4 Years
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        Double Burnley. My balls are not that big.

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      Benteke and Batshuyi give me confidence

    14. Lethargio Alcantara
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      Never in my whole life I wanted Burnley to score a hattie.

      1. Magic Zico
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        McNeill can do this

    15. Pukki Blinders
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      Evans goal would be nice now

    16. ⭐ Bemba_Da ⭐
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      2 months, 26 days ago

      penalty leicester

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

        free kick sorry!

        1. Magic Zico
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          😆

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

            Pen??

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

          It's alright. Your allowed a slip up

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

      Lowton with his first ever hattrick today?

      1. Il Capitano
          2 months, 26 days ago

          Yes

      2. how now brown cow
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        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Leicester fk very close to pen

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

        thiago 😆

      4. Sim Simma 🤷 🔑 🚘
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        As soon as I sell Robbo he goes and gets Max BAPS

      5. Revival
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        Benteke starts...Pope captainers rejoice!

      6. how now brown cow
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        • 6 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        That's a isn't it?

        1. how now brown cow
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 6 Years
          2 months, 26 days ago

          no pen

      7. Lethargio Alcantara
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        • 2 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Thiago is useless af.

      8. KGFC
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        • 4 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Vardy party time?

      9. Rainer
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        Looks in.

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        • 7 Years
        2 months, 26 days ago

        Not even close to being inside the box. Get on with it.