Thursday, 12 January 2012

Defense: Crucial to Success

Daniel Aggers injury-free season has been instrumental to Liverpool's impressive defensive record
Liverpool currently lie second in the table in the Premier League's defensive record. Having conceded only 18 goals, home and away, they only sit behind the premier league leaders, Manchester City.

Liverpool have developed over the 2011-12 season, a well balanced back four that has been notoriously hard to penetrate. Dalglish's aquisition of Newcastle left-back Jose Enrique has provided an extra dimension down the left wing, mirrored by Glen Johnson's presence on the opposite side of the field. Kenny has developed a system shich allows both wingbacks to link with their respective winger. Jose Enrique has epitemised this with his positive running and link up play especially with Craig Bellamy. However, this style of play can also leave the half-backs exposed, when a wing back is left stranded up field, but once again the pace that Liverpool have is crucial in maintaining the shape of the back four.

Jamie Carragher is one of Liverpool's longest serving defenders, with 473 caps under his belt. However, the sublime form of both Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel have kept him and the promising young Uruguayan, Coates, out of the side. Agger and Skrtel have formed a tight partnership, and both have emerged as commanding presences in the air. Skrtle's defensive frame of mind allows him to make crucial interventions into the game, such as his goal line clearance off Dembe Ba's deft chip in the Premier League fixture against Newcastle.

Despite Liverpools lack of finishing touch up front, their defensive record has assured that we will not give away goals easily either.

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