Brendan Rodgers could soon be asking himself which pair of centre back's is best for his team.
Kolo Toure’s recent injury meant a chance for Martin Skrtel to come back into the defence against Manchester United and Rodgers may have been a little surprised at just how well the Slovakian defender played.
That’s given him a real headache with the arrival of the defensive reinforcements and has opened up the debate over which centre back pairing Liverpool should base the rest of their season around.
Daniel Agger seems to be the one constant and the one defender in the middle of Liverpool’s defence who is guaranteed a starting place after reaffirming his commitment to the cause and laughing off interest from Barcelona.
Skrtel’s performance yesterday now means that he’s next in line but he does have history with Rodgers, accusing the boss of telling lies over team selection issues last season.
However, that seems to be a thing of the past and all Skrtel has ever asked for is another opportunity which he now has.
Of the new arrivals, Sakho has to be next in line should one of Skrtel or Agger become available because he has more experience than Ilori despite the fact Ilori seems to have everything needed to be a success as a centre back in England.
Ilori seems like the cover player who will occasionally get a chance in the lower profile tournaments for the club, when the more experienced stars need a rest.
Rather than see that as a negative, he should see it as a challenge and a chance to prove to the boss and his new club that he should be right up there alongside Skrtel and Agger, fighting for a place in the back four for big games.
The biggest loser in the entire situation is probably Toure because the defensive signings today make his job all the more difficult in terms of getting back into the first team.
His experience does give him the edge over Sakho and Ilori but the new arrivals are fit while he’s facing a spell in the treatment room, which will be immensely frustrating after such a positive start to the season.
Expect to see a lot more of Agger and Skrtel playing together with Toure and Sakho the players ready to step in following injury, suspension or the sort of mistakes which force Rodgers into a change.
Ilori seems like a signing for the future although if he can play well when he is given game time he will be pushing Toure and Sakho all the way.
What do you think is Liverpool’s best centre back pairing?
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