There has been a lot of talk in the last few days about Liverpool’s left back position with many fans pointing out that it is still an area of concern for the Reds.
Jose Enrique has been the first choice left back for a while now but Rodgers decided to bring in Aly Cissokho in the summer on loan from Valencia to cover and compete with Enrique. So far, both Enrique and Cissokho have done reasonably well. Enrique is currently out injured so Cissokho has played the last two games and in all fairness has not done too badly but you can see that he lacks that natural ability to go forward with the ball and he is very much one footed.
Former Liverpool defender, Phil Thompson has suggested that maybe Rodgers should bring in Daniel Agger to play at left back.
Agger has been out of the side since his return from injury and can not displace Sakho, Skrtel and Toure in the central positions. Meaning that Agger just has to bide his time on the bench or as Thomo suggests, come into the side at left back.
Phil Thompson said, sourced from the Liverpool Echo:
“I do think he (Rodgers) needs to find a place for Daniel.
“The back three have done well and the manager deserves credit for sticking with that system.
“After the Newcastle game he could have quite easily thought ‘it didn’t work, we should have won that game’ and ditched it. He kept faith and got his reward against West Brom.
“But Daniel is such a quality performer and I think we’re a better side when he’s in it.
“Putting him in that left wing-back position in place of Aly Cissokho is an option as he’s a good defender and very comfortable going forward.
“Arsenal have a lot of attacking midfield options and it could be very crowded in the centre.
“My concern with a back three would be making sure we don’t leave space for them to get in behind the wing-backs, especially if Theo Walcott is back fit.
“Saturday has got the makings of a great game. Both teams have been playing very well but neither has had to play many of the top teams so far.
“Whatever happens on Saturday is not going to make or break the season. But it will be a good yardstick of where we’re at.
“It’s a great opportunity for Liverpool to put down a marker and prove we can compete at the top end of the league this season.”
Now Agger has not played much football at left back and it is a position he would have to get adjusted to and I feel trying this experiment against a team like Arsenal would be a bad idea. However it could be something Rodgers can look at after the Arsenal game if he feels it will be better having Agger in the team somehow. I am not a fan of putting players in positions that they are not used to!
Agger is not the quickest of players but his passing abilities would be better than the current two left backs. Cissokho has not done much wrong in his two previous games to warrant him being dropped for the Arsenal game so I would expect Rodgers to continue with him there.
The best solution for Liverpool would be to keep Agger on the bench, even though he is a quality player and the clubs vice-captain, and let him just wait for his opportunity to prove himself in the squad again. I am loving this current competition in the Liverpool backline, it really goes to show that we are building a quality squad.