People form their own opinions on what Liverpool are missing in their starting 11 in order to make them an improved side. People may think that we have a good enough first team but need better squad players in order to succeed. Maybe you think we don't need to change a thing.
Whatever your opinion, I think there are defensive issues at Anfield, particularly at centre-back, that need addressing, and reasonable transfers could be done this January to rectify the situation.
Daniel Agger is a quality defender with a desire to bring the ball forward rather than hoofing it down the pitch. An admirable trait, but Agger seems to struggle with little knocks and injuries on a consistent basis, making him somewhat of a concern in terms of reliability. Liverpool need to keep him but need to have a similar standard of ability as cover.
Jamie Carragher has been and still is a fantastic servant to Liverpool football club and will perhaps go down in the hall of fame listings as one of our greatest defenders. We all know that time catches up with everyone though, and Carragher is no different. Fortunately for Carragher, he was never blessed with great pace which means his staying power might be a little longer than expected in his latter years. However, a long\-term replacement needs to be sought and groomed for the Premier League now.
Martin Skrtel is definitely the weakest defender of our centre-backs. I don't know whether it was his debut own goal that put me off, or if it has been his performances since. I'm just never that impressed with him on the pitch, and he seems to be bullied more than Carragher and Agger. I would be quite unruffled if Skrtel was to be transferred, and I don't think Liverpool would miss him at all. The only thing in his favour is his ability to stay injury-free, which seems a rare trait in the modern game.
I know that Sebastian Coates will be mentioned in the chat area after this article is posted, but since he is new to the club, the Premier League and the country, I don't feel he has had enough pitch time to really make a fair assessment of how he will fit in or what his strengths and weaknesses are. Hopefully he will be the long-term solution to Jamie Carragher.
So all that said and done, I think Liverpool could do worse than to look at these two players as potential January signings to enhance our back line.