Liverpool face Tottenham on Sunday in a very important clash in London. Spurs have been in good form of late but so have we so it is set to be a cracker of a game. If Liverpool are able to leave this game with some form of points it will be a very good achievement.
The Reds go into this match having beaten West Ham last weekend but have been hit with the news that captain Steven Gerrard will be out of action for a month. Joe Allen, Jordan Henderson and Lucas are going to have to step up in Gerrard’s absence.
But one area that Brendan Rodgers has to look at carefully going into the Spurs game is the central defence pairing as he has been rotating them a lot. Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho started against West Ham and both looked in fine form with Sakho putting in a great shift and grabbing his first Liverpool goal.
The giant French defender signed from PSG in the summer has had a very steady start to his Liverpool career but fell out of favour with Rodgers when the Liverpool manager decided to revert from 3-5-2 to 4-4-2. Skrtel seems to be the first choice centre back under Rodgers but he is still trying to figure out who his best partner is between Agger, Toure and Sakho.
There will be added pressure to recall Daniel Agger to the side as he is fit again and is the club’s vice-captain, but recalling him for the trip to Spurs could be the biggest mistake Rodgers can make. The Skrtel – Sakho partnership seems to be the best we have right now as they compliment each other very well. Agger may be good with the ball at his feet and stepping out of the defence into attack, but his marking abilities leave a lot to be desired especially at setpieces. As a pure defender, Sakho is better than Agger in my opinion that Sakho should start against Spurs.
With Sakho having put in a near man of the match performance against West Ham, as you can see below in the video courtesy of @MostarLFC, it would be wrong to drop him after playing so well: