Kenny Dalglish has paid special tribute to defender Jamie Carragher for his role in shaping the current back four at Anfield.
The veteran centre back has recently found himself on the bench under 'King Kenny', missing out in the last seven outings after a brief spell on the sidelines through injury in October.
Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have since made the position their own, and the manager believes the fact they learned their trade alongside Carragher has been key to their success on Merseyside.
I don't think they have ever looked a bad pair but the both of them are playing very well," said Dalglish.
"They know how to play. Jamie being beside them when they came in at first has been a fantastic help to them, as he has been for a lot of people here.
"You can't under-play what Jamie has done for the two of them but they are more than capable of standing on their own two feet. Competition is always helpful but it is not as though the two boys are novices, they are seasoned international players."
The Reds are enjoying a fine defensive spell at the moment, and kept another clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against Wigan last night.
Dalglish was keen to stress that defending starts at the front of the pitch though, and that everyone in the side should take credit for the best record in the league at the back.
"It is not just about centre-backs and full-backs defending, it is about everyone. As soon as we lose the ball we start defending together and when we have it everyone can go forward if they want," added the Scot.
"Daniel Agger got forward a couple of times on Sunday (in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa) and Martin scored a goal.
"They have been good defensively but they have been good in attack as well."
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