Is this ordering fair…?
Last night’s performance, despite the fact we couldn’t win, highlighted just how right Brendan Rodgers was to switch to a 3-4-3 wing-back formation back in mid-December.
These five especially should be knocking at his door in thanks, and probably, vice-versa!
5) Martin Skrtel
Throughout the first months of the season, Skrtel formed one half of a consistently laughed at centre-back partnership.
Next to Dejan Lovren, we were conceding goals from crosses and set-pieces at will, and the communication between the pair and Simon Mignolet (who’s since improved) was seemingly non-existent.
In a back-three however, the 30-year-old Slovakian plays a central, pivotal defensive role – charged with organising the ball-playing defenders (Emre Can & Mamadou Sakho) either side of him.
He’s done it very, very well. In fact, since the 0-3 loss to Manchester United, we’ve only conceded six goals in eight games – which is decent by anyone’s standards.
What’s more, Skrtel seems to have taken up more of a leadership role now, and is visibly more vocal in his direction of teammates. Alongside Lovren, neither would deliver defensive instructions, and we’re delighted Skrtel is now doing his job properly, and some.