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Poll: Who Replaces Martin Skrtel?

With Martin Skrtel banned for Saturday’s potential season-defining match against Arsenal, we want to know who you would bring in for him and whether you’d go with three or four at the back.

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While talk of Raheem Sterling dominates the news and throws up a slew of unwanted questions for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers ahead of the weekend, the bigger question mark—at least in the short term—is at the other end of the pitch. The bigger question is in defence, where Martin Skrtel’s retroactive red for a stamp on David de Gea leaves Rodgers’ back three in doubt.

Already looking a bit makeshift, with Skrtel anchoring the line between fellow centre half Mamadou Sakho and promising midfielder Emre Can, the impending absence of Skrtel has left many fans wondering if a return to four at the back might be on the cards for Saturday. Either way, it’s likely to lead to the return of either Kolo Toure or Dejan Lovren to the starting eleven. Either way, there will be changes.

With Lucas Leiva returning in midfield it seems unlikely that both will make it back in, but Rodgers might view moving Can up the pitch to play alongside Lucas in a double-pivot in front of Sakho and one other as the more secure option against a very dangerous Arsenal attack. The manager might also of course choose to stick with the system that’s helped to put Liverpool back in the top four conversation.

The fact that either option—and either of Toure or Lovren coming in—seems about as likely makes it a perfect opportunity to ask what you would do if the choice was yours. Toure or Lovren? Back three or back four? Make your vote and, if you’re so inclined, let us know why in the comments.

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