1) SIMON MIGNOLET
The Belgian goalkeeper has had an outstanding start to his Liverpool career, keeping clean sheets for the opening three league games, pulling off countless excellent saves.
He immediately endeared himself to the Anfield faithful, who have quickly forgotten former Reds keeper Pepe Reina, by saving a penalty on the opening day of the season against Stoke.
At just 25 years of age, he certainly has plenty more to offer in the future. It is still early days, but it is not overly optimistic to wonder whether Rodgers has found his consistent No.1 who could nail down his place for the next ten years. If so, £10 million could be an absolute bargain.
2) MAMADOU SAKHO
After an arguably shaky start, the French international has settled nicely into the heart of Liverpool's defence. Although forced to play in an unfamiliar full-back role at times, Sakho
has looked much more comfortable in a conventional centre-back partnership with Martin Skrtel, and is quickly beginning to win over fans who thought the £18 million price tag a little steep.
It may take time for the former PSG defender to fully integrate into English football, but Sakho undoubtedly has talent and has long been admired by the top European clubs. He has even managed to get himself on the scoresheet recently, helping France reach the World Cup
via the playoffs with two goals against Ukraine. Definitely one for the future.
3) KOLO TOURE
Kolo Toure was brought in on a free transfer by Brendan Rogers and will provide excellent cover throughout the season for the new defensive partnership of Sakho and Skrtel.
Toure certainly won’t be at the club for more than a couple of seasons as he enters the final stages of his successful career, but he has enough quality to put in solid performances when needed, as shown by the two clean sheets kept as he started the opening two league games of the season.
Inevitably the loveable Ivorian is already a fans-favourite, and while he may not be as technically adept as the other defenders in the squad, he is certainly a worthwhile addition considering his top-level experience, as well the opportunity for some hilarious fraternal-based chants (look up the ‘Yaya Kolo song’ on Youtube…)!
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