Virgil van Dijk was the name that Liverpool fans were clamoring about before the 17/18 season started as everyone was anticipating his transfer to Liverpool. It eventually pushed through in the winter transfer window and The Reds were given a new breath of life on the defensive end.
This image of a car pretty much sums up what the current Liverpool squad is all about. Adding Virgil to the equation might provide the rear end a bit more flair right now like a simple spoiler or some paint at least. But still, there won’t make much of a difference if the whole defensive unit is not as solid as it can be.
On left back, Andy Robertson has been decent for us this season but he still has to mature more and be a bit more consistent. Same goes to Trent as his recent game against United exposed his inexperience to play along with the big lads. He more or less plays right back for us but don’t get me wrong, his future still is definitely bright. Especially with that Klopp magic hanging around on our touchlines.
On to the center backs we go. Perhaps the most important position on the unit are made up of the center backs as they serve as the backbone of not only the defense, but also the eleven on the field in itself. We have a handful of these boys but only a few reliable ones may be handpicked.
Personally, Joel Matip may be the most consistent defender for The Reds this year. His height provides a steady presence on the line especially when he runs along with van Dijk. That is why it’s a mystery to me why Matip didn’t play a single second on the clash against United.
Dejan Lovren has been the most inconsistent defender for me. At times, when he plays well, he plays really well. When he sucks, he really sucks. He has so much of Klopp’s trust and I hope he gets to turn things around and become an ever reliable center back for LFC. Joe Gomez is similar to Andy and Trent as he still has to mature quickly in order for him to be a vital piece on the Liverpool defense. Ragnar Klavan hasn’t seen much action this season yet he has the opportunity to be a solid defender if he gets to show some consistency as well.
A defensive unit must not only be a solid unit. It should be a security system that gives opponents headaches and makes them try and try to pick the locks of that system. It must perform that way even if the side is not on a formation that shows that it is parking the bus. *ehem ehem Man Utd*
We still have a long way to go to develop a Sergio Ramos or John Terry type of franchise player that sticks to the Liverpool name in this current generation. Jamie Carragher‘s retirement gave a hole in the club’s defensive unit that is made up of holes in itself already. Nevertheless, WE GO AGAIN!