Former Liverpool centre-back Stephane Henchoz has hit out his old club for failing to sign a top quality partner for Martin Skrtel over the summer.
After keeping clean sheets away at Stoke, at home to Bournemouth and at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, the Reds’ tight rearguard has lost its frugal edge over the course of the past four games, with the ball having hit the back of the net on nine occasions in the league, while League Two outfit Carlisle United even managed to score at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers started the campaign with Dejan Lovren as Skrtel’s main partner with Mamadou Sakho in reserve, but with the Croatian, who is now injured, having made a number of high-profile errors, the Northern Irishman has switched to a back-three in an attempt to stem the flow of goals at the wrong end.
And Henchoz – who was a part of the 2000/01 Liverpool side that lifted the League Cup, FA Cup and UEFA Cup – believes that his old club should have moved for a solution over the summer:
“I was surprised they weren’t very reactive in the transfer market to sign a centre-back – somebody with experience and who is commanding because they’ve got more or less the same as last year.” He told talkSPORT.
“I think [Martin] Skrtel is a good centre-back but he [Rodgers] needs to decide who plays alongside him. He tried [Dejan] Lovren last season and he was poor.
“[Mamadou] Sakho has the attributes to be a good centre-back but he has made too many mistakes as well so it’s difficult.”
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