We know there is a goalkeepers’ union, but is there also a defenders’ union?
It certainly seems so, with former defensive rock Jamie Carragher telling the press that he thinks the Joel Matip – Dejan Lovren duo is the most important part of the side if we want to be successful this season.
“I always remember something Ronnie Moran used to say when I first joined: ‘if your two centre backs play well, no matter how everyone else plays you’ve got a chance of winning the game’. I think he’s right,” said Carra (Echo).
“If your two centre-backs build a partnership, don’t get too many injuries, can play week-in week-out, you can build from that.”
To be fair, he is probably right.
We have conceded too many goals for the last three seasons – we even only had the league’s eighth-best defense in 2014 when we came second. It arguably cost us the title.
It’s not just the goals we have conceded – it’s the manner in which they have been conceded, and that’s why it’s so vital for Matip and Lovren to maintain – and improve upon – their recent strong performances.
We have already shipped eight this season – only Stoke, Sunderland, West Ham, Bournemouth, and Watford have let un more. And we have not kept a clean sheet. That needs to be improved, quickly.