Rodgers' comments hint at areas Liverpool will strengthen in summer

Brendan Rodgers

The Reds boss seems to have already identified the positions he will be looking to improve.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers' recent comments to the official club website may shed some light on where he and the board will be looking to strengthen this summer.

With the Reds slipping off the Champions League pace in recent weeks despite a heroic effort in 2015, the Northern Irishman identified two areas that he felt his side were some way off of last season's impressive displays.

"We are still trying to find solutions at the top end of the field," Rodgers told

"When everyone is fit and available we are able to compete with this squad, but our top goalscorer is on six goals. Three players on six goals. That's the reality of where we are at, and we have to find solutions for that.

"If you look at the [Arsenal] game the other day, we created important opportunities at the beginning of the game, but you have to take them. As a whole, I think in terms of the efforts on our opponent's goal, we need to increase that level."

It's fair to propose that Liverpool need to make drastic changes in their attacking department next season, something that will be difficult considering that strikers are normally the most expensive players to recruit.

As Rodgers pointed out, Liverpool's top league goal-scorers are Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling, all with six goals. Both Gerrard and Sterling scored more last season, but Liverpool are particularly missing the influence of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, with the later having missed a great deal of the season and then spending much of the time he has been playing slowly working on his match fitness.

It is noticeable that Rodgers has even moved Sterling into a central striking position in order to improve goal threat, but this is mainly due to the dire performances of Liverpool's three attacking alternatives to Sturridge - Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini. The three were all relatively big-money signings, yet have yielded just 4 goals between them.

Considering Sturridge has proved himself somewhat fragile when it comes to injuries, Liverpool arguably need three new centre-forwards to arrive in the summer, with at least a couple of them being of genuine quality.

But Rodgers has also been disappointed with the swiftness of his side's attacking passing, something that is set to dwindle even further once Steven Gerrard departs for the MLS in the summer

"Our possession just hasn't been good enough," the former Watford boss said. "That has been the key to it. We have to build the game quickly, but the ball has been so slow.

"It wasn't just these [United and Arsenal] games, it was the Swansea game in the first half as well. The speed of our game hasn't quite been there, the speed of our passing."

This may well mean that Liverpool are also looking for a playmaker who is happy to spread passes with intensity from the centre of the pitch. While Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson all possess strengths, wonderful passing ability isn't among them. Joe Allen has proven himself little more than a backup player at Liverpool, while Adam Lallana would be able to offer creativity, but further up the pitch.

Unless Emre Can can move into midfield and stroke the ball around, Rodgers is likely to be on the look out for a quality deep-lying playmaker, much like the role Gerrard performed so well for much of last season.

It looks like Rodgers is already sizing up the adjustments he will be looking to make for next season, even if we will all have to wait until the summer before seeing what he has planned. 

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