On The Ball

Liverpool's defensive woes turning into a comedy of errors

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson and defender Ozan Kabak after their collision gifted Leicester's second goal scored by Jamie Vardy.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

LONDON - Before Ozan Kabak had kicked a ball in earnest for his new club, Ben Davies had already proved himself to be a true Liverpool centre-back. He had got injured.

So the jokes went, anyway. Fabinho was ruled out on Friday, Davies sidelined on Saturday (Feb 13). Welcome to the curse of the Liverpool centre-backs, with five men hurt. When defenders were advised to copy Virgil van Dijk, this was not quite what Liverpool had in mind.

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