Rating each Liverpool CB signed since Jamie Carragher retired in 2013
Even Jurgen Klopp discovered it troublesome to choose a dependable backline throughout his early tenure as Liverpool supervisor.
Having remodeled 700 appearances for Liverpool, membership legend Jamie Carragher unsurprisingly proved a troublesome man to exchange within the coronary heart of defence after his retirement in 2013.
We’ve ranked the ten central defenders Liverpool have signed since Carra left, from worst to greatest.
10. Tiago Ilori
Given two-thirds of his appearances for Liverpool had been towards Exeter within the 2015-16 FA Cup, Ilori’s spell at Liverpool was much less memorable than the music output of The Saturdays.
In equity, he cast a good profession at Studying earlier than shifting to Sporting Lisbon in 2019, the place he was reunited with one other legendary former Liverpool defender in Sebastian Coates.
9. Sepp van den Berg
One other teenager who has didn’t make a league look to this point, Van den Berg appeared in that FA Cup recreation towards Shrewsbury alongside each different teenager within the Merseyside space.
Nonetheless solely 18, there stays each likelihood that the Dutchman can stand up this record in future years.
8. Steven Caulker
A defender signed as an emergency striker… we can not assist score this a lot. Who cares that he didn’t rating?
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7. Mamadou Sakho
From a distance, Sakho’s time at Anfield reads like a Basil Fawlty-esque catalogue of disasters: from leaving the stadium after being dropped for a Merseyside derby, being falsely accused of violating UEFA anti-doping guidelines to Klopp banishing him from the 2016 pre-season tour of America for constant lateness.
Nonetheless, this was interspersed with spectacular runs of kind throughout Sakho’s three years at Liverpool. If something this made him an much more maddening case.
A great defender, who all the time appeared one sandwich in need of a full picnic.
6. Kolo Toure
An absolute howler at West Brom apart, which left Toure squinting like Mr Magoo trying to find his contact lenses, the Ivory Coast legend proved a reliable and fashionable determine at Liverpool between 2013 and 2016.
If we had been rating this record on aim celebrations alone, then Kolo would have been a runaway winner.
Who might neglect that aim and celebration! 😄
Completely happy birthday, Kolo Toure. 🥳🙌 pic.twitter.com/9v877Ai6or
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 19, 2019
5. Ragnar Klavan
If we’re being unkind we’d counsel Klavan was the definition of a journeyman footballer, a label that’s solely strengthened by the actual fact he as soon as failed a trial at Sunderland.
This may ignore that Klavan was truly a good participant for Liverpool. Highlights included being named man of the match at Goodison Park in 2016 and scoring a last-minute winner away at Burnley in January 2018.
Low-cost, cheerful and surprisingly good – Liverpool have had far worse.
4. Joel Matip
Regardless of being extra liable to damage than Sideshow Bob in a area of rakes, Matip has confirmed himself to be a high quality central defender for Liverpool.
In addition to being strong in defence, the Cameroon worldwide additionally has the blissful behavior of popping up with a aim or two every season.
Like a trusty can of kidney beans within the kitchen cabinet, Matip shouldn’t be unhealthy to have round.
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3. Joe Gomez
It’s stunning that Gomez has been at Anfield for 5 years now.
Signed by Brendan Rodgers at a time when Liverpool’s method to transfers concerned a blindfold and a dartboard, Gomez has blossomed right into a high quality defender for each membership and nation.
One other participant who, however for a constant string of accidents, might probably be described as world-class.
2. Dejan Lovren
Lovren rapidly turned a byword for hapless defending throughout his first years on Merseyside. This was a participant who was as soon as substituted after half an hour of ineptitude towards Tottenham, a membership that has regularly redefined the phrase.
Whereas by no means really inspiring confidence, Lovren caught round lengthy sufficient to win the grudging respect of Liverpool’s fanbase.
The Croatia worldwide additionally scored the winner of their sensational comeback win over Borussia Dortmund in 2016, offering Liverpool with one more mind-bending European night time, and was distinctive of their run to the Champions League last in 2017-18.
Leaving for Zenit after the 2020 title win, his departure was mourned by followers of slapstick comedy. The response of Liverpool followers was relatively extra subdued. Regardless of all of the jibes, he did lots of good.
1. Virgil van Dijk
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