Welcome to Liverpool Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak | Goodbye Taki Minamino and Joel Matip

Just like buses, you wait and wait while none appear and then boom! a whole flotilla arrive at once. Yes, that's right, FSG have gone positively berserk with the money bazooka and we now have not one but two new centre-backs.

Of course knowing we'd not be happy with a surplus of players, they made sure to adhere to a strict two in two out policy: Matip has been confirmed as damaged beyond repair, out for the season and newly signed Minamino has been rewarded for his early promise with a loan move to Southampton.

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We wish Matip the best. When fit he's a rather splendiferous player, as well as a likeable person who is almost certainly devastated by the turn his career is taking. To be constantly afflicted by injury must be mentally punishing and I hope our club do all they can to look for a remedy acceptable to all.

My theory on Minamino, who we also wish well, is this. We must still have a transfer committee in operation. There just has to be a reason for the weirdness surrounding certain players. Shaqiri was last season's mythical being. A player we heard whispers of, thought we saw and that he really existed. Slowly we realised he was just a figment of our imagination.

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Minamino is the new player that never was and I'm increasingly of the opinion some of our signings are being chosen by the money-ball contingent within our club. We know they're crazy about that philosophy and we know why: it's all about the money.

For us and Klopp it's all about the win and when those two ideologies clash perhaps it results in players being shunned?

Anyway, after great results against Spurs and West Ham we're again flying high and having finally done something to address our defensive woes, things are looking good for the rest of the season.

Let's have a look at our new players

Ben Davies, 25, English, left footed, 6' 1", can play left or right centre-back as well as left-back.

Joining from Preston on a long term deal for the princely sum of £1.6m. Davies has previously enjoyed a loan spell at Tranmere which makes him a signing our lovely Lady will approve of. A good omen.

Attributes: Good on the ball, reads the game well and provides an aerial threat from set pieces.

Ozan Kabak, 20, Turkish, right footed, 6'1", can play left or right centre back as well as defensive mid.

Joining from Shalke on a six month loan for an initial fee of £1m, we've an option to buy at the end of the loan period for £18m. Although that could rise to £26m with add-ons. Either way this looks a smart deal for a player we've been targeting for some time.

From Galatasaray's youth system, to Stuttgart, then Shalke and now to us, Kabak has attained good European experience.

Attributes: Starting out as a striker (no Klopp!) Kabak has a quickness and good reading of the game. He's described as dogged in defence and also dominates aerially, plus has a great passing range.


I'm excited to see our new signings. My guess is Davies will become a regular starter, overtaking Williams and Phillips in the pecking order and Kabak will duke it out with those two for the go to back up option. Perhaps we even have enough now not to use Fabinho and Henderson in defence.

As can often happen in football, things have turned on a dime. Not long ago we were ruing our form and lack of transfer action. Now we're closing in on top spot with two new defenders.

Let's ride this positive wave by continuing the winning ways against Brighton tomorrow.
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