Even Jurgen Klopp learned it no longer easy to make a decision on on a legitimate backline at some level of his early tenure as Liverpool supervisor.
Having revamped 700 appearances for Liverpool, club tale Jamie Carragher unsurprisingly proved a no longer easy man to interchange within the guts of defence after his retirement in 2013.
We’ve ranked the 12 central defenders Liverpool hold signed since Carra left, from worst to most productive. Permanent deals greatest, with apologies to Ozan Kabak.
12. Ben Davies
An emergency mid-season salvage-up from Preston North Cease amid Liverpool’s enormous break disaster of 2020-21.
As corrupt as issues got for Liverpool – six straight league defeats at Anfield, someone? – Davies never essentially made it onto the pitch and was greatest named on the bench on a handful of occasions.
It appears to be like he’s at the 2d on mortgage at Sheffield United but we’ll hold to take their notice for it because we’re aloof no longer obvious he essentially exists.
11. Tiago Ilori
Given two-thirds of his appearances for Liverpool hold been in opposition to Exeter within the 2015-16 FA Cup, Ilori’s spell at Liverpool was much less memorable than the tune output of The Saturdays.
In fairness, he solid a factual occupation at Discovering out sooner than transferring to Wearing Lisbon in 2019, where he was reunited with one more legendary used Liverpool defender in Sebastian Coates.
10. Steven Caulker
A defender signed as an emergency striker… we'll no longer support rating this so unheard of. Who cares that he didn’t acquire?
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9. Sepp van den Berg
One more child who has did no longer originate a league appearance so a long way, Van den Berg seemed in that FA Cup sport in opposition to Shrewsbury alongside every other child within the Merseyside house.
Peaceable greatest 20, there remains every probability that the Dutchman can rise up this listing in future years. He’s revamped 50 Championship appearances on mortgage at Preston, which may well per chance well also effectively sign treasured abilities.
Even though the defender doesn’t originate the grade encourage at Anfield, you’d imagine they’ll originate a profit on the tiny price of £1.3million they firstly put signed him for.
8. Mamadou Sakho
From a distance, Sakho’s time at Anfield reads like a Basil Fawlty-esque catalogue of failures: from leaving the stadium after being dropped for a Merseyside derby, being falsely accused of violating UEFA anti-doping tips to Klopp banishing him from the 2016 pre-season tour of The united states for fixed lateness.
Then over again, this was interspersed with impressive runs of ticket at some level of Sakho’s three years at Liverpool. If something else this made him an even extra maddening case.
A factual defender, who constantly seemed one sandwich quick of a corpulent picnic.
7. Kolo Toure
An absolute howler at West Brom apart, which left Toure squinting like Mr Magoo buying for his contact lenses, the Ivory Flee tale proved a legitimate and standard opt at Liverpool between 2013 and 2016.
If we hold been ranking this listing on aim celebrations by myself, then Kolo would hold been a runaway winner.
Who may well per chance well also neglect that aim and celebration! 😄
Contented birthday, Kolo Toure. 🥳🙌 pic.twitter.com/9v877Ai6or
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 19, 2019
6. Ragnar Klavan
If we’re being unkind we’d counsel Klavan was the definition of a journeyman footballer, a sign that’s greatest reinforced by the fact he once failed a trial at Sunderland.
This would ignore that Klavan was essentially a half of first rate participant for Liverpool. Highlights included being named man of the match at Goodison Park in 2016 and scoring a final-minute winner away at Burnley in January 2018.
Low-cost, happy and surprisingly factual – Liverpool hold had a long way worse.
5. Ibrahima Konate
The £36million man from RB Leipzig has needed to bide his time for alternatives, but he appears to be like to be as if a solid acquisition and has slotted in seamlessly on every occasion known as upon.
He appears to be like to be especially convincing when partnering Virgil van Dijk.
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4. Joe Gomez
It’s frightful that Gomez has been at Anfield for seven years now.
Signed by Brendan Rodgers at a time when Liverpool’s technique to transfers enthusiastic a blindfold and a dartboard, Gomez blossomed into a dazzling defender for both club and country.
He’s fallen down the pecking uncover since his break troubles, and is now arguably the encourage-up beautiful-encourage, but it shouldn’t be forgotten Gomez was one of Klopp’s amble-to centre-backs when Liverpool won the Champions League and Premier League in successive seasons.
3. Dejan Lovren
Lovren mercurial grew to change into a byword for hapless defending at some level of his first years on Merseyside. This was a participant who was once substituted after half of an hour of ineptitude in opposition to Tottenham, a club that has constantly redefined the notice.
While never undoubtedly interesting self belief, Lovren stuck around long ample to take the grudging appreciate of Liverpool’s fanbase.
The Croatia global also scored the winner in their sensational comeback take over Borussia Dortmund in 2016, providing Liverpool with another tips-bending European evening, and was outstanding in their lumber to the Champions League final in 2017-18.
Leaving for Zenit after the 2020 title take, his departure was mourned by followers of slapstick comedy. The reaction of Liverpool followers was reasonably extra subdued. No subject your complete jibes, he did a great deal of factual.
2. Joel Matip
No subject being extra inclined to damage than Sideshow Bob in a area of rakes, Matip has confirmed himself to be a dazzling central defender for Liverpool.
As effectively as being solid in defence, the Cameroon global also has the happy behavior of taking pictures up with a aim or two every season.
Since missing unheard of of the 2020-21 campaign by technique of break, Matip has looked better than ever on his return. He’s taken his sport to a new degree as Klopp’s Reds hunt for the quadruple.
BIG JOEL MATIP 🙌
Boss header, passionate celebration 💪🔴 pic.twitter.com/QQ3Rfv7DyH
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 25, 2019
1. Virgil van Dijk
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