Now Milner transfer has been completed - what do Liverpool need to address next?

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The capture of James Milner from Manchester City represents a good start to summer transfer business for Liverpool, but there are other areas that need addressing urgently before the new season.

Liverpool today announced the completion of the signing of James Milner from Manchester City on a free transfer, which some view as a major coup after the poor season they have just had. 

To sign a player that has been playing in the Champions League consistently in recent years and secured four trophies along the way - including two Premier League titles - that kind of experience, along with his versatility, could prove to be a huge asset going forward. 

But there are other areas of the side that need to be addressed. The Reds scored half the amount of goals in the Premier League during the most recent campaign than they did the year before. They never really addressed the departure of Luis Suarez - it would have been hard to, but they need to find the 31 goals they lost somewhere. 

It has been proved over the course of the season that Daniel Sturridge can't be relied upon to carry the burden of the attack week in, week out given his well-documented injury troubles. Danny Ings has been strongly linked, per the Mirror, and has impressed with his goal tally in a struggling Burnley side, but it feels something of a huge gamble if the Reds were to hang their hat on the 22-year-old to be their primary goal-getter.

The other issues are a right-back, potentially a defensive midfielder as well to go into the starting XI. 

If Liverpool are serious about improving their defence, they have to look at who is in front of it. It is no coincidence they seemed to function well in the middle of the park when Lucas Leiva was playing, and in turn the Reds seemed to have their best run, but they need more of a presence in order to be consistent at the back and keep opposition teams at bay, and to protect a vulnerable defensive line. 

Their pursuit of a right-back is welcome and reports of interest in Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne - per the Express - should be embraced by Liverpool fans. Not only is it a position in dire need of being addressed but he is highly regarded in the Premier League, and has been part of one of the most solid defensive units in the league - which demonstrates he isn't just a 'flyer' like a lot of the modern day full-backs.

One long-time mooted target has been the search for new goalkeeper to provide adequate competition for Simon Mignolet. It is just as pressing an issue for the Reds as they will need good cover if nothing else for the Belgian come the start of the season. 

One would hope these issues are high on Brendan Rodgers' agenda and are adequately addressed prior to their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia so they can hit the ground running in what is likely to be a pivotal start to their 2015/16 campaign. 

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