Try as Brendan Rodgers may, it doesn’t seem likely that Jamie Carragher is going to go back on his decision to retire at the end of the season, which means the club has to find some sort of replacement.
Liverpool have been linked with several top quality defenders in the transfer market, but they already own a couple of players that the Liverpool legend thinks are good enough to step up.
He is tipping Andre Wisdom and Martin Kelly to get involved in a straight up fight for his centre back slot with both players in fairly similar positions in the current squad.
They won’t feature again much this season, but they are both effectively the same player. Wisdom and Kelly are both full backs who have agreed to play out of position in the team, just to have that opportunity.
Wisdom in particular has been tipped for a very long career at the top level with Liverpool, due to his natural pace and strength which makes him ideal to play in a defensive position for the club.
All of his performances for the club in the Premier League this season, 11 in total, have come as a starter in the side, which shows the clear belief that Rodgers has in his ability.
He’s also played in the defence in the Europa League and both major domestic cup competitions the club has been involved with this season.
Kelly has the advantage of being a little bit older than Wisdom but he’s at a disadvantage because he’s been kept out for most of the season and he also played hard ball over his new contract at the club.
He seemed unwilling at first to accept a lower salary and a higher bonus related deal, which could tip the balance of this battle in favour of Wisdom if Rodgers is going to take a punt on youth over a transfer option.
Both defenders are still very raw players, which means they will make mistakes but Liverpool are in a position where they need to conserve as much transfer cash as possible because of their limited budget.
Both players are only going to get stronger over the next year as they develop with the experience they gain and with the physical changes which are made to their bodies, allowing them to compete alongside the more experience pros at the club.
It’s an example of the superb work Liverpool are currently doing within their youth setup that they have more than one option, which is going to save and make them a lot of cash in the near future.
Who would you go with, Wisdom or Kelly?
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