Rodgers battling to fill Carra’s boots

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Brendan Rodgers admits he is struggling to find the perfect formula to fill the void in his defence left by Jamie Carraghers retirement. Picture: Chris Brunskill

Brendan Rodgers admits he is struggling to find the perfect formula to fill the void in his defence left by Jamie Carragher’s retirement.

Liverpool have only conceded three times at Anfield this season but have shipped six goals in their last two fixtures at Everton and Hull.

Last summer Rodgers recruited Kolo Toure on a free transfer, Mamado Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain for £18million and Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori.

They were brought in to provide a challenge to Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger and compensate for Carragher’s departure.

Tonight against Norwich, Sakho could get his chance to show if he is the man to assume Carragher’s mantle. He has not started for Liverpool since they were beaten 2-0 at Arsenal but Kolo Toure is struggling with a hip problem and Agger seems out of favour.

‘Sakho came in at a time when we went to a back three and did reasonably well, so he’s working very hard to come into the starting line-up,’ said Rodgers.

‘He’s a good player, a France international.

‘If he is working well enough in training and the team is not doing so well, it could open up the door for him.

‘The last couple of games, we were disappointed with the goals at Everton and obviously we made mistakes.

‘So that has been the difficulty for us — getting that balance, the partnership that could cope with all types of strikers.’ – Daily Mail


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