Liverpool FC has been the team in goals 2013-14 season. A team which has scored 100 odd goals in a single campaign should have won some piece of silverware. But their defending was a major difference between them and League winners Manchester City. On one hand, when there strike partnership S.A.S. was tormenting Rivals defending, when the likes of Suarez and Sturridge had more goals between them than eleven teams combined in the premier league, there defence was equally inefficient in terms of keeping that lead. This defending was even further demolished in April and May, leaking easy goals against the likes of West ham, Norwich and Crystal Palace, their defence invited criticism from all sides.
LFC conceded 50 goals in one season. Brendan Rodgers tried different defending partnerships to keep lid on his goal but all his efforts turned to vain. His defenders were conceding goal for fun. Agger, Sakho, Skrtel and Toure, all found it very difficult to keep things closed. Despite of all these woeful facts about defence, LFC maintained a goal difference of +51. So had there been a good defence partnership, LFC could have easily grabbed premier league title. Liverpool FC kept only 10 clean sheets, a stat which a title challenging team cannot suffer. If there Strike force weren’t scoring for fun, there was no doubt they would be struggling to even grab a Champions League spot. In top 6 teams, LFC conceded second most goals, just behind to Tottenham. Liverpool made whooping 42 defensive errors, nearly 1 per match, while Mourinho’s Chelsea side made only 10 during whole of last season.
Way out For Rodgers:
So in respect of all these things, now LFC badly need a good central defender. And it is rumoured that Brendan Rodgers see that kind of defender in Southampton’s Dejan Lovren. Lovren featured for Dinamo Zagreb and Olympique Lyon before signing for the English side. He won Coupe De France during his time at French side Lyon.
Southampton bought him from Lyon at the start of 2013-14 season for a rumoured fee of £8.5 million. Time has proved that the decision was right.
Impressive 1st Season:
In his first 11 matches, Lovren kept 6 clean sheets. In that period, Southampton only leaked 5 goals, thanks to the likes of Lovren and Fonte. This all even further glorified his start in English Football. The Croatian scored 1 and assisted the same number of goal in that period. In his first season at Southampton, Lovren managed to keep 12 clean sheets in just 31 appearances, 2 more than Liverpool managed in whole of last season. Considering his injury and resources, Lovren did a fabulous job. His performance at Southampton was much loftier to all 4 of Liverpool defenders that featured last season. He made only 1 mistake leading directly to goal comparing Liverpool back four’s numerous ones. Kolo and Skrtel made mistakes more than once in the premier league which eventually cost title to their team. Martin Skrtel was much more superior to the Croatian in terms of scoring goals, but when it comes to defending, Lovren lead the chart with no complain. Sakho on the other hand has so far failed to impress the KOP in his first season.
Now when Rodgers is looking to sell out of favour Daniel Agger this transfer window, he certainly needs a replacement for him. It was nearly made clear by the Liverpool Manager in last league game that Agger has played his last game in front of kop. So there is no better replacement to him than Lovren. He could be available to Liverpool in £10-£15 million range which is really a bargain for Mersey Side Reds. So LFC needs to make it quick to grab the signature of Croatian because he is currently under the radar of top English sides.