So how do the three players fare? In fact, who comes out on top when you consider the performances of all Liverpool’s defenders in the league this season?
Using HITC’s formula to calculate a defender’s importance by adding up key attributes, there is a clear winner – Skrtel.
The 30-year-old comes out on top in six of the seven areas below, and his total of 28.41 is streets ahead of everyone except – somewhat surprisingly – Dejan Lovren, who has a score of 26.2.
Skrtel is a vital part of this Liverpool side and he has formed a wonderful trio with Sakho and Can, and it will be interesting to see if manager Brendan Rodgers splits them up next season, switching the former Bayer Leverkusen player into the middle and giving Lovren more chances.
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Despite the recent disappointment of losing 2-1 to Manchester United, Liverpool’s players can hold their heads high after a brilliant start to 2015; and while a top-four finish will now be a tough ask, things could change once again if they defeat Arsenal directly after the international break.
If they do so, Skrtel is sure to be vital in any and all efforts.