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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Liverpool’s new look back four

It was no secret that last season Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool’s problems lied at the back conceding a total of fifty Premier League goals and was it not for their potent attack they would have struggled greatly.

Last season saw Liverpool’s back four mainly consist of Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and John Flanagan. Today Liverpool’s back four was Manquillo, Lovren, Sakho and Moreno.

Todays new look back four was mainly put together because of injuries to both Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel, despite playing together as a back four for the first time they managed to keep a clean sheet and looked impressive in parts.

Dejan Lovren was a colossus in the defence, he made some crucial tackles preventing Adebayor from scoring on numerous occasions. Lovren looks to be taking up the leadership role that seemed to leave the back four when Jamie Carragher retired.

His partner Sakho was not as impressive, his strength in the air was cancelled out by his occasional lapses in concentration and poor decision making almost costing Liverpool dearly on more than one occasion, his understanding with Lovren is not there yet but you would suspect either he or Skrtel will develop that understanding over time.

When it comes to the full-backs many Liverpool fans welcomed the injury to the under-performing Glen Johnson as they got a chance to see new pair Manquillo and Moreno who certainly did not disappoint.
Javier Manquillo was a rock at the back, after picking up an early yellow card he held his own and looked strong in both defence and attack, Alberto Moreno managed to get himself on the score sheet with a marvellous finish after running through from the half-way line rounding off a stellar performance in every aspect of his game.

As the attack continues to fire, scoring three at White Hart Lane, if the back four can sort themselves out and keep clean sheet after clean sheet this season it could propel Liverpool to mounting another title challenge like last season and maybe even bring them one further to winning the title.