This surprise summer signing could have solved Liverpool's problems

Sami Hyypia

And it wasn't a player the Reds should have brought to Anfield - but a former defender.

Liverpool's defensive problems have been all too obvious for several months now.

And the more Brendan Rodgers talks about it, the more it sounds like he doesn't really know how to improve them.

Last season, the Reds' defensive mistakes were covered up by a free-flowing attack that included none other than Luis Suarez.

Now, though, especially with Daniel Sturridge out injured, Liverpool's faltering back line is being exposed in full force.

One surprise summer signing could have changed all that, though, but not an actual defender.

Indeed, when former Reds centre-back Sami Hyypia was fired by Bayer Leverkusen, there was talk that he could make a perfect addition to Liverpool's backroom staff. And he could have.

Instead, the Finn is now at Brighton, who are 18th in the Championship after eight games.

Whether Hyypia comes good at Brighton or not, the league table so far suggests they could have been in the same position regardless of who they hired.

Liverpool needed Hyypia a lot more - as a defensive coach. Their back line has struggled for far too long now and it might just be the case that, as good as Rodgers is in other areas, he simply doesn't know how to develop his defence in training.

Time now for the Northern Irishman to really manage his side - and delegate. The Reds' defensive woes are too serious to ignore. It seems Liverpool have simply been trying to ignore them all this time instead of putting them right.

So they didn't get Hyypia. Another defensive expert will do. Whoever it is, someone new is needed. The current defensive setup just isn't good enough.

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