Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted he is finding it hard to fill the void left by Jamie Carragher’s retirement, reports the Daily Mail.
The Reds have only conceded three goals at Anfield this season, but on the road it has been a different story.
Rodgers has seen his side ship six goals in their last two away outings at Everton and Hull City, with Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at the KC Stadium proving costly.
Rodgers spent £25million on new defensive talent in the summer, bringing in Mamadou Sakho from Paris St Germain, and Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon. Kolo Toure also signed for the Reds on a free transfer from Manchester City.
Rodgers has rotated his centre back partnerships this season, with Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger the chosen pairing for the Merseyside derby, while Toure replaced Agger for the trip to Hull on Sunday.
Mamadou Sakho may well find himself recalled to the back four for tonight’s clash with Norwich, as Rodgers seeks to find the perfect defensive formula.
“It’s probably the first job I have been in where there have been lots of areas I have been happy and settled in but this (central defence) is an important area,” Rodgers said.
“It is something I need to look at in order to get that consistency. There has been lots of change – and some of that has been down to me – knowing every game is an absolute cup final for us. If I feel I have need to change it going into a game to get a result, then I will do.
“But of course I also need to look at it from the coaching perspective as well, that a little run in the team might breed the consistency even though we have had to change a number of positions.”
Sakho has not featured for the Reds since their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last month, but Rodgers revealed he is working hard to get back into the side.
“He came in at a time when we went to a back three and did reasonably well, so he’s working very hard to come into the starting line-up,” Rodgers added.
‘That’s where we are at. He’s a good player, a (France) international.
“If he is working well enough in training – and the team is not doing so well – it could open up the door for him.”