Liverpool boss may bench £18m star tonight

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted new £18m signing Mamadou Sakho is not guaranteed to walk into the first-team eleven, according to the Daily Mail.

Rodgers splashed out £25m on transfer deadline day to complete a double swoop for PSG centre-back Sakho and Sporting Lisbon youngster Tiago Ilori.

But following Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger's impressive partnership against Manchester United last time out, the Liverpool manager admits the club's most expensive ever defender may not start straight away.

"It's a nice problem to have," said the Anfield boss. "I'd rather this than have a lack of talent to choose from. It just keeps everyone on their toes.

"I want to protect the present and the future of the club. Centre-halves are so hard to find now. You look at some teams, they've still got ageing centre-halves because it's very difficult to get a really good one.

"Sakho is 23; he's an experienced player with full international caps [for France]; looks an absolute monster in training. He's one who's ready for now. That's what we want. We had the chance to [sign him] and protect the club for maybe the next 10 years.

"It’s not so much a problem (trying to get him in the team). If you’re winning games, it’s very simple.

"The system is king. We will never be reliant on one player. The whole make-up of this is about the team. We can take one out, put one in and still be strong.

Rodgers said Skrtel took his chance well against United after missing the first couple of Premier League games. Before that, free transfer signing Kolo Toure had impressed for the Reds.

There's plenty of competition for places at Anfield then, and Liverpool will hope to go back to the top of the table this evening with victory over Michael Laudrup's Swansea.

Liverpool have won all three of their Premier League matches so far this term - keeping three clean sheets in the process.

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