Liverpool attempted to address its injury crisis in central defence on Monday by signing an unheralded player from England’s second division and another from the worst defence in Germany’s Bundesliga on the final day of the January transfer window.

Ben Davies, a 25-year-old left-sided centre half who plays for Preston in the second-tier Championship, and Ozan Kabak, a 20-year-old Turkey international at Schalke, were identified by the English champion as stop-gap measures for the second half of the season.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hadn’t felt the need to bring in reinforcements in the position after the loss of Virgil van Dijk in October and Joe Gomez in November to long-term knee injuries.

But with the fitness of his other senior center back — Joel Matip — also proving unreliable and Liverpool falling behind in its title defense, Klopp changed his mind.

Davies joined…

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