Defensive trio must be sold this summer to solve Liverpool's defensive issues

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After surrendering a two-goal lead against Sunderland last weekend to forfeit what should have been a comfortable home win, Liverpool have now conceded more goals than any other side in the top half of the Premier League.

Defensive deficiencies at Anfield have long-been established and solving them must be made a priority in the summer.

Thirty-six goals conceded in 25 games is a somewhat embarrassing record but a fair reflection of just how poor the Reds' defensive line has been, with Simon Mignolet, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho often to blame.


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'Inconsistency' is perhaps the best word to describe the trio, but the fact of the matter is, they're just not good enough to be playing for a club of Liverpool's stature and ambition.

Mignolet is comfortably one of the nimblest goalkeepers in the Premier League, yet a lack of positioning, handling and authority have seen him make a number of mistakes between the sticks.

Liverpool's rivals have identified set pieces as a particular weakness due to the Belgian's inability to deal with crosses, whilst his poor positioning was there for all to see when Jamie Vardy's albeit superb volley soared over him on Febuary 2.

Adam Johnson's free-kick last weekend was yet another reminder of Mignolet's lack of positional awareness, which nestled into the bottom corner after Liverpool's number one set up an awful four-man wall and let the ball slip underneath his gloves.

The Belgium interestional has been at Anfield for three seasons now, yet he's still not shaken off his habit of making glaring and costly mistakes.

In front of him, Sakho’s risky and lackadaiscal passes, alongside a tendency to misjudge balls over the top, have also contributed to Liverpool's vulnerability when defending.

The Frenchman is far from a composed and authoritive figure in a defensive line that has craved just that this season.

Lovren, meanwhile, hasn't been so culpable as his two teammates, but he's largely failed to live up to the £20 million spent on him in 2014 and made some costly errors of his own during his time on Merseyside.

As a result, Martin Skrtel has proved Liverpool's only reliable centre-back - it's just a shame he's currently sidelined by injury.

It's clear to see, then, that manager Jurgen Klopp has a lot of work to do this summer. Reinforcements are needed across the pitch at Liverpool, but selling the aforementioned three and buying reliable, quality replacements should be made an absolute priority.

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