Five key Stoke City selection headaches for Brendan Rodgers, including centre-back dilemma & anchorman problem

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Who will partner Martin Skrtel at the heart of defence?

Rightly or wrongly, Brendan Rodgers always picks Skrtel when he’s fit – but the boss has a serious decision to make whether to reinstall his big summer signing Dejan Lovren to the starting XI alongside the Slovakian. Kolo Toure made a slight mistake for the opening goal conceded away to Ludogorets on Wednesday, but was arguably still more solid than Lovren has been in recent weeks. There’s also suggestions that Mamadou Sakho could be fit again, but the Frenchman didn’t make the bench midweek, and it seems unlikely that he’ll be thrown back in yet. Toure probably deserves an extended run in the side, but this could damage an already wounded Lovren even further – and we surely don’t want to completely write off a £20m signing already – despite an awful first few months.

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