Three things which must happen before Liverpool can compete for the title

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers feels his team will compete for the title next season.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been quoted by Goal suggesting his team will be challenging for the Premier League title next season.

It’s an ambitious statement from the Anfield chief, with a number of things needed to happen between now and the start of next season for the statement to become more realistic.

Firstly, he’s got to review the club’s overall transfer policy and work hard on securing a number of high calibre and better suited players to the club.

For that to happen, he’ll most likely have to get rid of the deadwood before he can spend cash, but he needs top quality, solid options coming into the side when other players need a rest, pick up injuries or get suspended.

Liverpool look as though they will have Europa League football for next season, which will increase the number of games they have to play.

The squad is large but it’s the quality in each position, which needs to be improved; he shouldn’t need to use Raheem Sterling as a centre forward when he’s got Mario Balotelli.

Secondly, he needs to sign a decent centre forward who can play alongside a fit and healthy Daniel Sturridge as well as replacing the leadership and impact of Steven Gerrard.

Liverpool’s problem since Luis Suarez left and when Sturridge is not in the side is scoring goals freely.

Someone who can add 15-20 Premier League goals would be idea, but he’ll have to pay for the privilege.

Jordan Henderson could be the man urged to step up and fill Gerrard’s shoes in a greater way than has been the case this season.

Thirdly, a big game mentality at Anfield is vital. The side have lost games against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea this season.

The problem is that those teams quickly worked out what Liverpool were doing well when they nearly won the league last season such as starting games quickly and smothering their opposition.

Developing new tactics and a big game mentality for when the team faces their main rivals is something that Rodgers needs to master if the Reds are going to lift the title.

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