The signing of Southampton centre-half Dejan Lovren has pushed Liverpool’s summer spending north of the £80m mark, but failed to address their main issue of 2013/14.
Namely the 50 goals they conceded during the Premier League campaign.
Four good central-defenders, well…three and Kolo Toure…well…two and Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho were in situ throughout, so merely signing another is unlikely to get to the heart the matter.
Brendan Rodgers started last night’s friendly with Olympiacos using the kind of 4-3-3 formation often employed last season.
Steven Gerrard was used as a deep-lying playmaker, with Jordan Henderson and Emre Can alongside him to do the leg-work for the ageing maestro.
The Liverpool skipper has an excellent range of passing and certainly didn’t shirk his defensive responsibilities last season, averaging a decent 2.9 tackles per outing.
However, brace yourself for sacrilege here Kopptes, his very moderate interception mean of 1.4 per game suggests that his match reading is not at the level required to offer his centre-halves sufficient protection.
Sought-after Southampton holding-roller Morgan Schneiderlin, averaged 2.1 cut-outs for every 90 minutes played in 2013/14, while Michael Carrick averaged 2.8.
Rodgers must come to terms with the fact that his titanic leader should be employed more sparingly if Liverpool are to come by the defensive chastity needed to make a mockery of their Premier League title odds of 11/1.
Were further proof needed that Gerrard and Henderson are less than stellar back-four shielders, their innocuous performances in the engine room for England at the World Cup can be regarded as exhibit A.
Remedying the issue for Rodgers is not a matter of buying in more talent necessarily, rather of figuring out to how to set up his midfield to include enough defensive diligence.
(A handy tip may be to include the oft-overlooked Lucas Leiva)