Skrtel deserves to stay alongside Agger after United game
A busy transfer deadline day has left Brendan Rodgers with a selection dilemma at the heart of his defence.
But I’d be tempted to maintain the status quo.
Martin Skrtel did very well against Manchester United – the champions of England couldn’t score a goal – and the rule of football is if somebody comes in and does well, they should stay in.
Yes, Kolo Toure did well before his injury, but if the Ivorian comes straight back into the team then there’s a chance Skrtel will be lost to Rodgers for good.
Mamadou Sakho may have cost £18million but he will need time to settle and I can’t see him starting at Swansea City on Monday.
Glen Johnson, though, will be a big miss. I don’t think he gets as good a press as he deserves sometimes, and he’s one of those players that only when they are absent people realise how much extra he gives to the team.
Johnson has always been good going forward but defensively he has got a lot better over the years. Andre Wisdom is likely to come in at right-back, and it will be a test for the youngster. He will have big boots to fill.
I’d expect Daniel Sturridge to be fit, with his withdrawal from international duty giving him the rest he needed to overcome his thigh complaint.
As for the people who complained about his comment that his main ambition was “not about playing for England” – did they not go to school and get educated? Good performances for Liverpool lead to opportunities for England. That’s how it works. It’s nuts anybody could be upset about somebody pointing that out.
Meanwhile, Luis Suarez keeps ticking along with goals for Uruguay this week. If he keeps that up, he might even get back into the Liverpool team!
But to be honest, Suarez is too good to leave out. And with the striker now only a few weeks away from a return, it will be a massive bonus for Rodgers.
Mentally, Suarez should be absolutely fine. He’s had a discussion with Rodgers and everybody knows where they stand.
Suarez’s behaviour over the summer was shabby and disrespectful at best towards the club.
But he now has a chance to turn that around. Liverpool dealt with it extremely well.