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Rodgers comfortable with defensive options at Liverpool

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Having been linked with serious overhauls in the defence all summer, it came as a shock to some when Brendan Rodgers recently revealed he may decide not to bolster his defensive options ahead of the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Liverpool had been heavily linked with moves for Schalke's Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Sporting Lisbon's Tiago Ilori at the beginning of the window, but talks died down when it emerged that Martin Skrtel could yet stay at the Reds.

The Slovakian's position is somewhat undecided as it is likely Liverpool would accept any reasonable offer should one come their way. 

Rodgers has shown a lack of faith in Skrtel having favoured club-legend Jamie Carragher towards the end of last season.

Another frailty in the Liverpool defence is Sebastian Coates, who has featured very sporadically since a poor performance in Liverpool's 3-2 defeat to Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup. 

Rodgers re-shuffled his system last season to accommodate Carragher rather than playing a high-line system with pacey defenders that he favours.

When Carragher retired, many newspapers began to report that the Northern Irishman would be seeking his replacement. This came in the form of Ivorian Kolo Toure who arrived on a free transfer from Manchester City.

Toure was originally ushered in as a 3rd choice centre back but has been pushing his claims for a starting place after several impressive pre-season performances against Preston, an Indonesian XI, and Melbourne Victory.

Two times Premier League winner, Toure was earmarked as the best possible replacement for Carragher due to his experience at both Arsenal and Manchester City, where he captained both sides.

The 32-year-old has been hailed by his boss recently for his vocal presence on the pitch, speaking to the official club website Rodgers said: "Defensively, I think we'll be fine.

"Kolo has been terrific since he came in here. He may be 32 years of age but he's super fit and in great condition," he added. 

"He's a player who has looked after himself all his life. His age is no barrier and he's someone with a winning mentality. He's someone we felt could come in and support the group with his experience and his qualities." said the Northern Irishman.

"I've looked at him over the course of his career and watched him a lot last year. Having seen him first hand since he joined the club, he will be very good for us this season.

"We have a number of other outstanding centre-halves in Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel. We also have an up-and-coming top talent in Andre Wisdom, who will be a very good centre-half for Liverpool in the future. And we still have Sebastian Coates too."

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