With Sunderland visiting Anfield this Saturday for the first game of the Premier League season, Kenny Dalglish is already facing some defensive problems ahead of this game. A lot has been said about Liverpool’s defence this pre-season which let in 15 goals in 6 games. But hopefully the problems have been addressed on the training ground and come Saturday our defenders will be at their best as we saw against Valencia.
Dalglish will have the added problem of picking the right players come Saturday to sure up our defence. First choice right-back Glen Johnson has been ruled out of action for two weeks after picking up a thigh injury against Valencia. That will most likely mean that Martin Kelly will start at right-back come Saturday.
The left-back position still remains a problem for Liverpool and I doubt if we are to sign Jose Enrique from Newcastle, it will be in time for the game on Saturday. With that said, Fabio Aurelio is really our first choice left-back but he has only returned from injury and may not be fit enough to play 90 minutes yet. That means Insua or Robinson may get the nod to start at left-back.
In central defence, we also have Martin Skrtel out injured but he should be back soon. It is more than likely that Dalglish will start with Carragher and Agger which is not a bad combination at all. It is still been suggested that Liverpool are in the market for another central defender with Birmingham’s Scott Dann being the top candidate. Whether Dalglish goes out and buys another centre-back remains to be see. For now, he has to work with what is available to him.