The problem Liverpool must solve after unwanted record-breaking goal

Martin Skrtel

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel set an unwanted record on Sunday, scoring the most own goals in a single Premier League season.

Liverpool's season ended on something of an underwhelming note despite their 2-1 win over Newcastle United at Anfield on Sunday, as their Premier League title challenge ultimately fell apart in the weeks leading up to the end of the campaign. Defeats to Chelsea and Crystal Palace allowed Manchester City to clinch the title, but it was still a massively successful season for the Reds, who went from seventh last season to second this term.

Champions League football is set to return to Merseyside and manager Brendan Rodgers deserves plenty of plaudits for his work this season, but will now embark on a crucial summer as they look to cement their position in the top four of the Premier League with a number of new signings expected.

Rodgers now needs to spend his summer identifying weakness in his side both tactically and from a personnel standpoint, with Liverpool needing to not only add more talent to their starting XI but also depth to their squad, which needs to be improved if they are to mount another title challenge.

Sunday's win over Newcastle displayed two of Liverpool's most consistent tendencies this season; their incredible ability for goalscoring and their almost crippling defensive frailty at times, where the Magpies were unlucky to score just the one goal.

The defensive worries were put into context when Skrtel's own goal in the first half put Newcastle ahead, making it four own goals this season for the Slovakian - the most in a single campaign by any Premier League player.

Centre back is a position that Liverpool are strongly expected to address this summer after inconsistent displays from the likes of Daniel Agger and Mamadou Sakho, but Skrtel's recent proneness for own goals is becoming more and more of a concern.

Napoli, managed by former Reds boss Rafa Benitez, have been strongly linked with a swoop for Skrtel in recent times, and should the Serie A club make a bid for the former Zenit St. Petersburg man this summer, then Liverpool should certainly consider it as they must get tighter and more reliable at the back - which may mean Skrtel is moved on.

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