Stan Collymore makes bold prediction about Liverpool's central defenders

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The former Reds frontman expects an overhaul under Jurgen Klopp.

Ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has suggested that every one of the Reds’ central defenders could be shown the door by Jurgen Klopp.

Much has been made of Liverpool’s failure to adequately replace the likes of Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher over the years, and their recent defensive records are evidence of their struggles.

“All managers like their own trusty lieutenants in the dressing room, their eyes and ears if you like, so I would certainly expect one or two Dortmund stars to make the journey into the Premier League, not only giving the manager that familiarity of style but to add significant quality in certain positions,” wrote Collymore in his column for Boylesports.com.

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised that if, in three to four years Klopp is still at the club that not one of the current central defenders is still making the daily trip to Melwood.”

It might seem an extreme claim at first glance, but when the fortunes of the Reds’ centre-backs are considered it becomes a more understandable position.

Dejan Lovren made his big-money switch last summer following a fantastic season with Southampton, but has performed nowhere near the level he managed at Saint Mary’s.

Mamadou Sakho, on the other hand, has shown glimpses of his undoubted potential but remains erratic and prone to costly errors.

Martin Skrtel is a limited but reliable central defender and has been the one figure consistently maintaining a decent standard at the back for Liverpool.

Summer signing Joe Gomez arguably holds the most promise for success in a Klopp team however, and will be confident of impressing the new boss.

Gomez is a centre-back by trade – although he mainly figured at left-back in the early part of the season – and is the perfect type of young talent to be moulded into Klopp’s desired type of defender.

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