Brendan Rodgers admits decline in quality of Liverpool's football

After an exciting season last term that saw some of the Reds' best football since their glory days, this time around has been a disappointment.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he can understand the frustration of the fans after a disappointing campaign which has seen them miss out on next season's Champions League.

After an improbable run last season that saw them come so close to lifting the Premier League title, the Reds have struggled at times this term, which has seen a once fortress Anfield become a place where away sides don't seem to fear the Reds.

Rodgers is quoted in the Liverpool Echo saying: “The quality of the football and the game they were watching has not been there this season.

“As a supporter you want to turn up and see the team win and win well and at times that has not been the case.

“It is a big challenge for us so from a manager’s perspective there is a sense of reality in what we lost but rightly so the supporters want to see the team improving.

“That’s our job in the summer to replace and find the players who will make the difference.”

There is no doubt that Liverpool have been disappointing this season. At this stage last term they had scored 99 goals but this time they have only managed to find the net on 51 occasions, so their lack of firepower this term has been a major factor. 

While there are many faults in the Liverpool side, there needs to be someone who can put the ball in the back of the net with regularity while other areas of the side are addressed. As a result, the Reds have been strongly linked with a move for other forwards. 

There are still issues with the defence that need sorting while the need for an enforcing central midfield player was there for all to see during the 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday. 

A lot of it has to do with personnel after the Reds suffered a setback losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer, and Daniel Sturridge endured injury woes throughout the campaign, but it has also been a struggle to find an effective system for the side.

The only heartening thing from this campaign, really, is that Liverpool still have the ability to string some wins together like they did during spells from January to March.

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