After a strong start to 2015, Liverpool looked on course to once again achieve a top four place and earn the right to play Champions League football next season. However, a poor run of form in recent weeks has all but ended that dream with five games left to play.
The onus is on Brendan Rodgers now to give Liverpool fans something to look forward to next season - a promising system with a strong finish.
The team and system has changed far too much this campaign, largely due to injuries, so Rodgers should be going all out to ensure that is not the case next season as he looks to put a side together worthy of winning a Premier League title.
Although the Reds are expected to buy players this summer, we take a look at three midfielders Liverpool can look to build around heading into next season.
The former Sunderland man has been a revelation this season and was deserving of the new contract he signed last week.
He is the perfect replacement for Gerrard in Rodgers’ side and has shown the signs that he can lead the Reds like the former England skipper did for so long.
He has the engine that allows the players around him to know that he will always be an option and can bail them out if they lose the ball. He is the ultimate team player and will continue to play a huge role for Liverpool in the future.
Although Lallana hasn’t made the impact he would have liked in his first season at Anfield, a settled role in the centre of midfield could be the key behind making him a success.
He has played six different positions this season so it’s not hard to see why the England international perhaps hasn’t settled as well as he would have liked.
Lallana has a lot of ability and if Rodgers does decide to give him a more permanent role in the side then he should be able to replicate his Southampton form at Liverpool.
The Brazilian is perhaps the most talented midfielder in the squad and was well deserving of his nomination for both the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.
After blowing hot and cold for so long at Liverpool, the progression he has shown clearly points to an even brighter season next year.
He will no doubt be enlisted as the main attacking threat from the Reds’ central midfield and will hopefully look to go one better and win an award next season.