Manager is pondering a tough baptism for his newly signed defenders when Manchester City come to town on Sunday

Jürgen Klopp had no time for title talk when previewing Manchester City’s visit to Anfield and not simply because of the seven-point gap between Liverpool and the leaders. Encounters between the last two Premier League champions are “always special”, the Liverpool manager admitted, but he has too many internal problems to resolve before Sunday can be considered a season-defining moment.

Take, for example, Ozan Kabak’s and Ben Davies’s preparations for what would be an intense Liverpool baptism following their deadline-day arrivals from Schalke and Preston respectively. “In an ideal world we’d have a few weeks to work on defensive things with them, especially on organisation,” said Klopp. “Ben and Ozan yesterday had an analysis meeting where they got shown all the stuff that we usually do. It was like a centre-half movie.”

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