Liverpool's transfer focus could be on one player's use when targeting new signings

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There could be a few changes at Anfield in the summer, but they could primarily revolve around one or two players and positions.

There is only one certain outgoing in the summer for Liverpool and that's the departure of their skipper Steven Gerrard to MLS side LA Galaxy.

Regardless of whether you think Gerrard is way beyond his peak, or the contribution he makes to the side has now diminished, it does leave a big void within the Reds squad.

That's only one area they need to address in the summer if they are to take the necessary strides forward to become a side challenging for the title, and competing well in Europe again. 

A lot of Liverpool's transfer strategy could depend on how they choose to use one man in Emre Can. The 21-year-old has shown to be an extremely versatile asset to the side but has mostly been used as part of a defensive three.

However, he has said that his preferred position is playing in central midfield, where he has started when options in that area have been a little thin on the ground, or towards the end of games when manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to freshen the side up during the closing stages of games.  

There is of course the question of leaders in the squad and whether they feel they have enough resources to fill that particular void by Gerrard. Liverpool could be considering strengthening their defence and their central midfield as a result.

There are other areas of course. Brad Jones has proved to be insufficient cover or competition to Simon Mignolet and Liverpool will surely look to bring in another goalkeeper, and it's hard to see all of Liverpool's current forward options remaining at the club given that Raheem Sterling has been given the nod ahead of three of them on several occasions this season.

Glen Johnson, along with Jones seems to be on his way out, so there could be scope for another full-back to come into the club, so you could see Liverpool target as many as five players to perhaps improve the starting XI for next season with: a goalkeeper, a central defender, a central midfielder, a full-back and a forward. 

Even after the nine signings of last summer - one of whom arrives in the coming summer in the form of Divock Origi - it could be another busy summer at Anfield. The quality of the players, however, could depend on their status in European competition next season. 

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