Former Liverpool forward Stan Collymore has commented on his old club's chances of a clinching a top-four spot next season.
Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore explained in his column for Bleacher Report that he sees two things as crucial for his old club securing a top-four place next season.
Collymore admitted that manager Brendan Rodgers is under pressure and has stressed the need for a good end to the season before a summer of hard work gets underway.
“If he gets to the end of the campaign with a few good wins, he will buy himself another season,” said Collymore.
“I would be tempted to stick with Brendan, but he needs a striker and to get rid of the deadwood. If he does that, he has a chance of the top four next season.”
Liverpool’s struggles in recent weeks have arguably stemmed from the fact the Reds have been struggling to score goals.
They scored more than one goal on just one occasion during April and the situation hasn’t been helped by an injury to key forward Daniel Sturridge.
Mario Balotelli hasn’t fired this season, but the club have good resources and are in good shape to make a move for a high profile attacking player if that’s what Rodgers feels he needs to freshen things up within his squad.
There are several players who have underperformed, with Balotelli just one, but Rodgers won’t make the decision over who to axe until after the campaign has finished.
If the Reds work well behind the scenes to get the best value from all deals where players are leaving, that should only increase the cash pot Rodgers has to improve the team.