Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he has not yet decided his center back pair for the season.

The Northern Irishman fielded Dejan Lovren to partner Martin Skrtel for the third successive friendly match against Finnish side HJK Helsinki where the Reds registered a 2-0 win.

Mamadou Sakho was left on Merseyside with the France international set to play in Sunday’s trip to Swindon Town.

The Croatian international was signed from Southampton last summer for £20million and has struggled in his debut season.

Lovren’s selection ahead of Sakho would be a controversial selection but it seems that the Croatian is likely to partner Skrtel in the opening game against Stoke city.

Liverpool suffered for defensive lapses in last two seasons and Rodgers admits that it is an area for improvements.

“It’s not something I’ve totally decided upon yet,” Rodgers said.

“I’ll sit down with the staff and we’ll look at it next week.”

“The key is getting consistency in that area of the field.”

“Your two centre-halves are critical. They are the tactical decision makers in the game. That balance is important for us this season.”

“We had too many defensive changes last year and that’s not something that I like.”

“Hopefully this season we’ll be more consistent as a back four.”

Brendan Rodgers has also hinted that new summer signing Joe Gomez could start ahead of Alberto Moreno in Liverpool’s opening fixture against Stoke City on 9 August.

The 18-year-old young defender arrived at Anfield from Charlton Athletic and has penned a long-term deal with the Reds. He is versatile, capable of playing as a centre-back or either full-backs.

“I wouldn’t have any issues [with playing him against Stoke. You’ve seen from my time here that irrespective of the age of a player, it’s about the quality and personality. Whether they are 17 or 27, if I think they are ready, I’ll play them”, Rodgers said.


    Snehanjan Banerjee closely follows English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A along with other world football events.

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