Brendan Rodgers has been fielding three central defenders of late and it is a formation that seems to be working well for Liverpool as we have a wealth of centre backs in the squad. The true test for this formation will come against the so called bigger teams, then we will really see how good we are.
Currently Sakho, Skrtel and Toure occupy the positions and in all fairness, neither of them has done much wrong to warrant them being dropped. But Rodgers is in a quandary as Daniel Agger is fit again and ready to return to the side but at which players expense?
Liverpool legend Jan Molby believes that Agger is too good to be kept on the bench and he should return to the side. Molby said in the Liverpool Echo, “I don’t think it will be long before Daniel Agger forces his way back into the Liverpool side.
“Sometimes even senior players have to accept a spell on the bench and that’s the situation with Daniel at the moment.
“While he was out injured the team performed well and since he’s returned to fitness the manager has been reluctant to change things at the back.
“But there’s no doubt this system is made for Daniel with the way he likes to step up and play.
“He would improve most Premier League teams and he’s too good to be warming the bench over an extended period.”
Agger is the Liverpool vice captain and has been a regular for Liverpool over the seasons when he is fit but now he has some real stiff competition and I do not agree with Molby that it is only a matter of time before he is back in the side. Agger could continue to warm the bench is the current trio remains fit and in form.
My biggest problem with Agger is that his actual defensive game is slacking and he is not defending as well as he should be. He is loose in marking at set pieces and seems too relaxed at the back. Maybe having two other centre backs to cover up form him would allow him to step out of defence more and show us his attacking threats, although his surging runs forward have become few and far between and we have not seen those long range strikes of his find the back of the net in a while.