Why Liverpool's goal tally will increase next season

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Brendan Rodgers’ eagerness to sign more attacking players means that the Reds want to remain a fearsome force up front.

Upon Brendan Rodgers' arrival at Anfield, he spoke of the need for Liverpool to up their 'goals for' column in the Premier League.

After scoring 47 goals last season, they have now found the target 96 times so far this term. The introduction of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho from January 2013 onwards accelerated the rate at which chances were created and then converted.

Luis Suarez's subsequent improvement to a whole new level as a result of Liverpool's new attacking philosophy has meant that Rodgers was indeed true to his word on the importance of scoring frequently.

Once this campaign has reached its conclusion and with it Liverpool potentially lifting the Premier League trophy, do not expect the Northern Irishman to rest on his laurels.

His continued interest in Yevhen Konoplyanka and the chance to recall Fabio Borini to the Liverpool set-up come the summer are signs that Rodgers will intend to break the 100-goal barrier again in 2014-15, never mind making the squad deeper to handle more competitions.

Goals are hardly Liverpool's problem anymore, but the idea behind buying more attacking players is to make sure it stays that way. So when critics argue that the money would be wasted on wingers, they are missing the point entirely. If it's one thing we can take from this season, it's that Rodgers clearly knows what he is doing.

Suarez, Raheem Sterling, Coutinho and Sturridge have proven that they are an explosive and imaginative front four, but next season will present new challenges for them so it is up to the Liverpool manager to bring in new players who can offer an element of surprise. He would not want his attack getting stale after all, for increased options bring greater ways of finding solutions to win games, especially against what will be more resolute defences.

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