Liverpool's title challenge came unhinged on Monday night as they spectacularly threw away a 3-0 lead with just ten minutes to play, as a Dwight Gayle brace and a Damien Delaney strike miraculously rescued a point for Tony Pulis' Palace side.
Whilst the result did take Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League table, second placed Manchester City now have a game in hand and should they defeat Aston Villa on Wednesday night, Manuel Pellegrini's men will enter the final day of the season simply needing to avoid defeat to take the title.
It now seems that Liverpool will have to make do with second place this season, which is an excellent campaign given their seventh placed finish last campaign, but whilst Champions League football is finally returning to Anfield, the season will now be tinged with disappointment having thrown away the title in recent weeks.
With European football on the horizon again, Rodgers will be looking to strengthen his team as well as the depth in his squad, and former Liverpool icon Barnes has called for the former Swansea boss to spend his transfer kitty on the defence and midfield after last night's horror show.
“The defence is one [area to strengthen] – and midfield,” Barnes said, "If you look at the attackers we have, we’re OK going forward and scoring goals.
“We probably need a defensive midfield player and a couple of defenders. You want a big squad; you look at the big teams trying to improve their squads year-in year-out."
“We haven’t got a big squad in terms of numbers and quality of numbers. That is something apparent whether we won the league or not," said the former England star.