However, the Anfield outfit have also increased competition for places at the back, with four central defenders vying for two spots in Brendan Rodgers’ starting XI.
The Northern Irishman has experimented with different combinations at the heart of his rearguard and also even played three at the back on occasion earlier in the campaign.
With Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho arriving at Anfield to compete with long-term Merseysiders Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, who has been the most impressive statistically?
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As per the table above, the four centre-halves have all excelled in different areas.
Kolo Toure has been the victim of making costly, high-profile mistakes, with the Ivorian guilty of the most errors that have led to opposition goals per game played.
However, strangely Toure has committed the least mistakes per game leading to an opposition shot, which pinpoints that when the former Manchester City stuffs up, he is punished. Daniel Agger has made the most errors leading to attempts on the Liverpool goal.
Martin Skrtel’s future seems to be in doubt consistently, but the Slovakian looks like Liverpool’s most impressive performer statistically.
He has made the most clearances per game of the four defenders, block the most shots and been the most dominant in the air.
Mamadou Sakho has only had the chance to play 13 games so far, but the France international has on average made the most tackles per match of the four and is close behind Skrtel in the amount of aerial duels won.
The stats prove that Skrtel has been the most impressive defender for Liverpool this season, with Sakho having the ability to force Agger out of the team next season.
Toure has been the least impressive of the quartet and could well be set for an exit this summer.