Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained the reason for not handing starts to Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak against Manchester City.
Davies joined the Reds from Preston North End on a long-term contract on deadline day in a deal worth £1.6million.
While Turkish international Kabak signed on loan until the end of the season from the Bundesliga's bottom side, Schalke.
Klopp had been expected to hand one if not both of his new signings a debut against City after Joel Matip's season-ending injury.
But the German gaffer opted to go with midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho at the centre of defence instead.
He explained the decision and said: "There was no chance of them starting.
"They had four sessions together – we had options so it was clear we would start with the more settled pairing.
"We have to play football as well as defend so that is why we went for the two playing.
"City are also not playing with a proper striker – so it would be a tricky first game in the Premier League."
Pep Guardiola's men lined up without a recognised centre-forward against Liverpool after dropping Gabriel Jesus to the bench.
The Brazilian forward found the net against Burnley in the week but that wasn't enough for him to retain his place in the side.
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