Liverpool’s centre-half partnerships ranked after signings and injury blows

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp finally got his wish after two centre-backs were snapped up on deadline day.

It comes amid the news that Joel Matip is ruled out for the season, joining fellow defenders Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the physio table.

That left the Reds without a senior centre-back – with Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips still inexperienced – while Fabinho who had been filling in was also crocked.

Jordan Henderson has filled in there but Liverpool have missed his presence in midfield.

The England international is likely to reprise his role at the back with tomorrow night probably too early for the new signings.

But after Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies arrived on deadline day – who are Liverpool's best combo at the back?

Kabak and Davies?

The new signings at Anfield and the ones the fans want to see the most – however, one came from a club bottom of the Bundesliga and the other from the Championship. Might not be the best idea to pin your Premier League title hopes on them.

Henderson and Phillips?

Starred against West Ham on Sunday and the most likely pairing for Wednesday night. Phillips has proved a decent no-nonsence centre-back while Henderson always gives his all.

Henderson and Davies?

One major reason behind Davies' arrival was the fact he is left-footed – something not present in any of Liverpool's centre-backs. Along with Henderson's experience, this could be the answer for Klopp.

Fabinho and Davies?

When Fabinho returns from injury, this could very well be the right partnership for Liverpool until the end of the season. The Brazilian has been a revelation since Van Dijk's injury.

Henderson and Fabinho?

If Klopp wants to go all-out experience – then this is his answer. However, he will lose both of their impacts in midfield and can only surely ponder this combo if he has a clean bill of health in that department.

Kabak and Fabinho?

If not Davies, then surely Kabak will be the man to partner Fabinho this year. The Turkey international has been scouted throughout the season and was the main man they wanted, so to leave him out of the squad would be baffling.

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Any other combos?

Young Williams has yet to be mentioned and there is no doubt a player there, but his inexperience shone through against Manchester United in the FA Cup when he had a tough night.

There is no shame in that, the 19-year-old has been thrust into the limelight perhaps before his time – he was playing in the National League North last season – while Phillips could also be an option partnered up with any of the mentioned players.

Keeping in theme with young defenders, Billy Koumetio has impressed with the youth teams at Liverpool.

He made his first appearance for the club in the Champions League when he replaced Fabinho against FC Midtjylland in December.

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