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Liverpool Defenders Assessed: Who Should Play Centerback Next Season?

We are continuing with our post/pre-season feature on who should play for Liverpool next season. We have already done rightbacks, so today it is the centerbacks.

For this post’s purposes, Liverpool are going to play a basic 4-4-2 formation.


Option A: Jamie Carragher

The dominant centerback who has rescued us from conceding a goal on so many occasions for the past few seasons. Although getting slightly slower with age, our vice captain still has it. Capable of a great crunching tackle along with organizing the defence and giving players huge verbal lashings. He is the glue behind our defence.

Option B: Martin Skrtel

Aah, our bald, no-nonsense Slovakian defender. Made a firm favourite among fans since his arrival in the Benitez era and one of the most frequent players you will see on the pitch, thanks to his consistency and also because he isn’t too delicate with his legs, what I mean is that he doesn’t get injured too often.

Option C: Daniel Agger

Out with injuries for a large portion of the 2010/11 season and Liverpool fans will certainly want to see more of him next season once he is back to full match fitness. A little bit too injury-prone, but a good defender and a secure passer of the ball at the back.

Option D: Martin Kelly

With him playing out at full-back so often, it is often hard to remember that he is a centerback by nature. It would be interesting to see how he copes being at the heart of the defence, he can certainly take the pressure, with him producing remarkable displays at rightback for the first half of the season prior to his injury.

Option E: Daniel Ayala

Our most untested centerback, given very little game time with Liverpool. Who knows’ next year might just be the year for him? Lots of talent, from what I’ve heard, but I strongly doubt he can breakthrough with all our talent.

Option F: Potential Transfers

Not much transfer activity for people at the centerback spot, only one notable one though, which is the Englishman Gary Cahill. I think that he would bring some more bite to our back 4.


My Combination

I think that the best combination for Liverpool is to play Jamie Carragher and Martin Skrtel together at centerback. It’s the most tried combo and the two get the job done very well.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans



  1. Noel

    July 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I would love us to get Hummels from Dortmund. He was a rock last season when they won the German league and is cultured. He is a much better player than Jones (imo, and not sour grapes) and would be another statement of our intent to buy the best young talent. At 22 he woul be an awesome buy and I would play him alongside Agger if he can stay fit. Sell Kyrgiakos and loan Wilson and Ayala.

  2. gavin

    July 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Simon Kjaer is the man we should be looking at. Young and very talented. Also said he would love to play for liverpool beside his fellow countryman Agger. Also Arda Turan. This lad is pure class and also wants to join liverpool. So two top quality player who want to play for the club. But as usual we’ll look elsewhere and miss out on these two and let our rivals pick them up instead!

  3. Ronny

    July 1, 2011 at 11:32 am

    I seriously hope Agger stays fit because he is the best centre back Liverpool have, and i would like to see Ayala given a run in the team because i think he is kind of player Liverpool need at centre back position who is tall, good in the air, good passing, good reader of the game,good tackler. I really hope that Liverpool don’t sell Ayala because it would be a big mistake.

  4. Neil

    July 1, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Not that either of them will be first choice, but you missed out Soto (just signed a new contract) and Wilson.

  5. Göran

    July 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Would LOVE to se Hummels in a red shirt!

  6. dan

    July 1, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I would love to see Kelly play at centre half as he is a lot quicker than any of our other centre halts, he may be young but he is strong,good in the air and reads the game well he has the potential of becoming a world beater at centre half and playing alongside Carragher for a year would do him the world of good, I would also love to see Agger stay fit for a full season as him and Kelly would be fantastic if they gelled and both are ball playing defenders who would fit into Kenny’s pass and move style and are also both very good defenders Skrtel is also a very good centre half but I think if the others are fully fit they will be in ahead of him and Carragher is slowing down year on year so I don’t know if he will be able to play every game this year but we do not need say Scott Dann or Charlie Adam in my opinion we are trying to fill central midfield and centre half before left wing and left back which should be our first priorities then if we have money left over maybe look at these players

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