On the face of it, Brendan Rodgers has presided over a drastic improvement of Liverpool’s defence this season.
Last year, even as they challenged for the Premier league title, the Reds’ defence was only rated the eight-best in the division.
They conceded 50 goals in total, with their leaky backline especially costly in the 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace.
So far this season Liverpool have conceded 39 goals, the sixth-best record in the top-flight, and Simon Mignolet has kept the joint-most clean sheets in the league with 13.
However, any Reds fan will be quick to tell you that their defence is still far from convincing, and it’s worth noting that only three Premier League sides have made more defensive errors than Liverpool’s 27.
A new centre-back is undoubtedly a priority this summer, and reports have emerged that Liverpool might have to call on an old enemy to try and improve their backline.
David Moyes managed both of the Reds’ biggest rivals when in England, but is now in charge at Real Sociedad in La Liga.
Liverpool reportedly watched his team as they lost 2-0 to Barcelona, keeping tabs on defender Inigo Martinez in particular.
The £22m-rated 23-year-old had a decent enough game even as Real Sociedad lost, and is one of the most highly-rated young defenders in Spain, with Barcelona themselves also reportedly keeping tabs on him.
Despite his youth, Martinez has already made 149 appearances for La Real since making his debut in 2011, and has one cap to his name for Spain.
Despite not being the tallest – Martinez stands just under six-feet tall – he is impressive in the air, and has been compared to Carles Puyol in the past.
As you’d expect from a young Spaniard, Martinez is also comfortable in possession – something that will attract Rodgers – and his physical prowess is backed up with excellent positioning.
Moyes is expected to be busy in the transfer market himself this summer, and will not be keen to see such an important player leave, especially to an old rival.
However, if Liverpool can prise Martinez away, their centre-back department would suddenly look a lot less haphazard.
The Reds’ next match is at home to Crystal Palace, a game they are 2/5 to win.