Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies were “making big steps” ahead of their potential debuts for the club.
Amid an injury crisis in defence, the Premier League champions added Kabak, on loan from Schalke, and Davies at the end of the mid-season transfer window.
With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez sidelined and Joel Matip set to miss the rest of the season, Liverpool will also be without Fabinho for Saturday’s trip to Leicester City.
Kabak or Davies could debut at the King Power Stadium and Klopp said the pair were making strong progress.
“They are calm people, both Ben and Ozan, willing to learn, really great attitude,” he said.
“They really throw themselves in everything that is ahead of them. What a defender should do. Making big steps, adapting to the way we play, again, that’s important.
“We have still a clear way to defend which is important because if both of them would be on the pitch, then there are still nine players who are used to what we did before. So even the two players would do something differently that would lead to a strange situation. So, yeah, it’s all good.
“It’s all good so far and now we have to make this our set. We have to change again because of Fab and now we will see, which solution we will take.”
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The clash with Leicester City will mark Klopp’s 300th game in charge of Liverpool, who are fourth in the table.
Liverpool have won on their past three Premier League visits to Leicester, who this season have already lost five league home games – one more than in the whole of the last campaign.
Klopp’s men will be seeking to avoid a third successive league defeat this month after losing at home to Brighton and Hove Albion and Manchester City. They last lost three games in a row in the Premier League in November 2014, when current Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was in charge of the Reds.