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Where Liverpool FC Need To Improve For The New Season

With Luis Suarez having completed his transfer to FC Barcelona, Liverpool need to now prepare for life without their best player. Brendan Rodgers has made an incredible improvement at Anfield in a short space of time, but where does he go from here?

Current Squad

Reflecting on last season, Rodgers needs to look at the squad he has at the moment before he improves it. Defensively for me, is the glaring area in need of strengthening. Up front, one striker to fill in for Suarez is all that is needed. So far in the transfer market, these areas look to be getting increasingly polished for Liverpool. Players like Sterling, Coutinho, Henderson and Sturridge are players who have came together to make a great attacking team that generated a big title push at Anfield last season.

The other area is strength in depth, whilst tactically, Rodgers needs to have a plan B when up against the tactical genius of Jose Mourinho. They need to have a different approach to a ‘parked bus’, and for me, last season, they didn’t have it. Brendan Rodgers is an excellent manager I admire, but this shows he has more to learn, especially against the man he was once working alongside. This is a good thing for Rodgers as it will remind himself that he has to improve himself as well as the entire squad, and he’ll be even better for it.

The last part of the current squad that needs to be looked at is Steven Gerrard. Being the captain and almost getting his hands on that Premiership he has always fought for, he needs to be used more sparingly and wisely next season.

Transfer Window

The transfer window is very important for Liverpool this season, and they can’t afford to not be active with teams like Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all strengthening. As a priority, Liverpool need a striker and a centre back but they also need a full back, a centre midfielder and a goalkeeper.

Having already signed Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, their strength in depth in key areas that needed new signings has meant Rodgers already looked at the need for a stronger midfield, with Gerrard getting further into his twilight years. Lambert will act as support for Sturridge and another forward signing, possibly Origi from Lille who has showed he has potential at the World Cup with Belgium, coming on at times to happily replace the prolific Lukaku and putting in a great performance to boot. Markovic also provides Liverpool with another option up front, and therefore offers four strike options, completing the forward and midfield areas that needed strengthened.

Having sorted the midfield, I believe Liverpool need three additional players to put themselves in with a chance of the Premier League title. Players like Yaya Toure who now looks to be leaving Manchester City, would be a great coup for the Merseyside Reds, and he’d be more realistic to buy now with Champions League football and his brother Kolo already at the club. Defensive is the only area Liverpool have to improve on now before the window shuts.

How Things Might Look Next Season

With Suarez gone, expect a new look for Liverpool at the top of the pitch. This will inevitably involve Sturridge, with Lambert, Origi and Markovic likely to rotate depending on how they perform which can only be good for the team. In midfield there are more options that the previous season to choose from, including Gerrard, Can, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Lallana, Allen and Lucas. Thus far, the defense will look very familiar, but don’t be surprised to see Rodgers unveil one or two new defensive personnel for the forthcoming season. Finally, in goal, it is likely Mignolet will continue to operate as the hands between the sticks.

Perhaps overlooked a lot is who Brendan Rodgers can give that step up to the first team to, or indeed young players who can improve from last season. Players like Raheem Sterling, Jon Flanagan, Andre Wisdom and Ryan McLaughlin could potentially make a name for themselves this coming season.

The key now for Liverpool is to grow, and with Brendan Rodgers in-charge, they look a team certain to grow, and perhaps soon, Suarez will be a distant memory, covered by the rise of a new star. This Premier League season looks to be even tighter than last season already!

By Michael Laverty – Pundit Arena

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