Owen says Liverpool need to improve again to make final step

Michael Owen has been speaking about Liverpool's prospects ahead of a new season.

Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has said the side needs to improve again if it wants to make the leap from second to first in the Premier League.

The Reds launched an improbable title challenge and made a lot of progress last season. In Brendan Rodgers' first campaign as Liverpool boss they finished seventh with 61 points, but the following campaign saw Rodgers' charges pick up an extra 23 points to finish two points behind champions Manchester City - scoring 101 goals in the process.

Despite the loss of Luis Suarez this summer, Owen has said the Reds must improve again if they want to end their long wait and become champions for the first time since 1990.

He told the official Liverpool website: "If Liverpool are going to progress again, they probably need to get better again. Manchester City won the league, Chelsea have strengthened in a big way.

"From second to first is a big leap so Liverpool are going to need to be better again and the top-line performers are going to need to play as well, if not better. One or two signings and it could be a good season for Liverpool."

Last season saw some other impressive performers for Liverpool aside from Luis Suarez. Daniel Sturridge managed to score 21 league goals, Steven Gerrard played in a deeper role as Liverpool got the best out of his passing range whilst Raheem Sterling emerged as an integral part of the squad.

It would seem an obvious thing for Owen to say. The league is likely to be more competitive next season with the same four sides battling it out towards the top, Manchester United are expected to improve under Louis van Gaal, Everton could improve further whilst Tottenham may improve under their new manager. 

He also had his say on the two signings Liverpool have made from Southampton in Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, who have at the very least added some depth to the squad as the Reds look to compete on all four fronts next season.

"You've just got to love it, you've got to smile when you see the smile on his face. Playing for a team like Liverpool, that he's supported all of his life, it's a great story. I hope Rickie has a good season.

"Lallana could be a star. He has done fantastically well, has great feet and lovely balance. I'm really looking forward to seeing him in the Liverpool shirt. They are two good buys."

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