Liverpool have experienced a stuttering start to the new season and have already been on the end of four losses in all competitions.
Having come within two points of their first league title in 24 years during the last campaign, many expected much of the same this time around.
Brendan Rodgers required the services of nine new players during the summer, adding much needed strength and depth to his small squad. More importantly he looked to address the defensive issue that arguably cost his side the illusive Premier League crown.
However, the inevitable loss of prolific goal scorer and talisman Luis Suarez is just one of the reasons why the Anfield outfit have struggled so far.
Rodgers now looks set to have a selection headache for all of the wrong reasons. It would seem as if the Reds are now blessed with a much deeper and stronger squad but with a real lack of form and a series of high profile injuries, Liverpool are in desperate need of a morale boosting win.
So with a full fit squad, what is Liverpool’s best starting XI? It’s not an easy task given the options now at his disposal but the diamond (4-1-2-1-2) looks to be the favoured formation.
Goalkeeper – Simon Mignolet
With Pepe Reina being shipped out to Bayern Munich earlier in the summer, Simon Mignolet looked to be the clear No. 1 at Anfield. However, the Belgium international has come in for huge criticism in recent weeks for his poor early season form. Rumors in the press have also suggested that Rodgers is looking at the possibility of signing free agent Victor Valdes, who would provide the perfect competition for places.
Right Back – John Flanagan
With Glen Johnson unlikely to be offered a new contract and therefore seemingly on his way out of Anfield, John Flanagan and Javier Manquillo will battle it out for the right back spot. Having broken in to the first team last season, the Liverpool born defender will be hoping to regain his spot once he returns from injury.
Centre Back – Mamadou Sakho
Sakho or Skrtel? Both centre backs have been given ample opportunities to stake their claim to be a regular in the Liverpool, defence but neither have taken their chances. Skrtel was again at fault for the goal in a 1-0 loss at Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday night. However Sakho stormed out of the Merseyside derby after finding out he wasn’t in the starting XI. Rodgers has to stick with one paring to find the consistency the defence desperately needs.
Centre Back – Dejan Lovren
Having impressed in an over achieving Southampton side last season, Rodgers splashed out £20m on the versatile defender in the hope that he could stop the rot in the Reds defence. The Croatian international is strong in the air and will bring leadership and more importantly a strong voice to a shaky back line.
Left Back – Alberto Moreno
The left back spot has been Liverpool’s achilles heel ever since John Arne Riise left the club. Glen Johnson proved his worth in what could only be described as his unfavored position and Jose Enrique is only just returning from a serious injury. What Alberto Moreno will provide is a long-term solution and an added bit of quality in both attack and defence.