Whilst Liverpool are busy making new signings this summer, we have not signed a defender yet. A new left-back is a priority for the Reds this summer with the likes of Jose Enrique and Aly Cissokho being strongly linked. From the face of it, it looks like we are well covered in central defence with Carragher, Skrtel, Agger and Soto as the main contenders with Kelly and Wilson as the youngsters who are capable of coming in.
At the start of the summer we were heavily linked with Phil Jones from Blackburn who went on to sign for Manchester United. The fact that we were after him goes to show that we were in the market for a centre-back. Roy Evans seems to think that we really do need a new centre-back to come in this summer.
“I do feel they’re going to need a little bit of cover in defence,” Evans told radio station talkSPORT.
“Daniel Agger is a great footballer, but obviously injury-prone, and Jamie Carragher is still the lynchpin.
“He gives so much information to the players around him and the two young lads, [Martin] Kelly and [John] Flanagan. Carragher helps them an awful lot and he’ll be the biggest loss when he goes.
“I do feel we need to find a centre-back, as we seem a bit short at the back, and that’s a worry.”
Carragher is going to be the first choice centre-back. I know some fans are not happy about that and feel that he is aging and should be used sparingly. But as Evans has pointed out, Carragher’s leadership and organisational skills are still vital to our team. It would be great to have a fully fit Agger for the whole season as he is a quality player but chances of Agger not picking up an injury are slim.
Skrtel played every minute in the Premier League last season and it will be tough for Kenny to drop him after such a record but if everyone is fit, I feel Skrtel will be our third choice centre-back behind Carra and Agger.
So the new centre-back that Evans thinks we need would surely has to be one who will come straight into the starting lineup and partner Carragher and in the long term be the leader of the back-line.
Do we really need one or are Agger and Skrtel good enough? If you agree with Roy Evans, then which central defender should we look at signing? The likes of Gary Cahill and Scott Dann are possible candidates for the job.