5 Potential Transfer Targets to Solve Liverpool's Defensive Frailties

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5 Potential Transfer Targets to Solve Liverpool's Defensive Frailties
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With a shake of his head towards assistant Colin Pascoe, Brendan Rodgers held back his fury as he watched his defence inexplicably concede three goals in nine minutes to throw away a three-goal lead at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Tired, sloppy and careless defending let in Tony Pulis' side for a share of the points when the game was way beyond their reach.

Rodgers told Sky Sports after the game:

As you can imagine, it's very quiet. For 75 minutes it was an outstanding performance, we got the goals. The important thing was to win the game tonight and to at least put some sort of pressure on Manchester City, but very disappointed that we conceded the three goals.

It was very poor defending that cost us. They showed great spirit to come back. The comfort that we had in the game and the quality we showed to get 3-0 up, you've got to manage the game better than that.

It's not like the warnings signs weren't there, either. Liverpool's defence has conceded 49 goals in the Premier League this season.

More often than not, they have been fortunate enough for the attack to bail them out, but Monday, the luck ran out.

Liverpool spent £18 million acquiring the services of Mamadou Sakho from Paris Saint-Germain last August—he's going nowhere.

But Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger all turn 30 this summer, and Brendan Rodgers may well see it as an opportunity to give his defence a facelift.

Jon Flanagan has been one of the many success stories for Liverpool during 2013/14 and will remain an important part of Rodgers' plans for developing a squad capable of challenging on two fronts—the Premier League and the Champions League.

Aly Cissokho rarely showed glimpses of why Liverpool took him on loan from Valencia for the season and may struggle for football on his return to Spain this summer.

Andre Wisdom will be hoping he impressed enough during this loan spell at Derby County whilst the long-term effects of Jose Enrique's knee injury, which kept him out for almost all of 2013/14, are still unknown.

With question marks looming over the future of several veteran defenders, Rodgers may look to the transfer market to sign younger replacements on cheaper wages.

Here are five defensive targets the Reds have already been linked to ahead of what will inevitably be a busy transfer market.

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