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Three areas Liverpool need to improve

Apr 16, 2013, 7:28 AM EST

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Liverpool have been one of the most unpredictable sides in the Premier League this season, looking like potential title-winners one minute and relegation candidates the next.

Brendan Rodgers has laid the foundations of a potentially excellent side, but there are certain areas of the pitch that definitely need addressing in the summer if they are to challenge for the top four next time around.

LEFT-BACK

Jose Enrique is a solid player who is more than good enough to be in Liverpool’s squad, but is he consistent enough to be first-choice? I’m not so sure. He is capable of having great games and awful games one after the other, and when he is pitted against a lightning fast winger he struggles. Leighton Baines would be a prefect signing, but the chances of him joining Everton’s biggest rivals are slim to say the least. Davide Santon of Newcastle is another possibility.

OFFENSIVE MIDFIELD

With Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva in defensive midfield, that is as strong as any duo in the Premier League, but they lack creativity in the center behind the striker. They don’t have a Juan Mata, David Silva or Santi Cazorla. Christian Eriksen has been heavily linked, and he would be a great signing. Players like Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen will do a job there but are not good enough to play there week in week out, while Luis Suarez is wasted if he plays there.

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NEW WINGERS

The addition of Philippe Coutinho has been an excellent one, but Rodgers still needs more depth out wide. Stewart Downing has improved in the last few months but he does not represent the solution to their width issues. Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa is a player who Rodgers is believed to be interested in, and he would be a superb signing for the club. Daniel Sturridge can be used out wide but is more effective centrally.

In addition to these three key areas that need improving, Liverpool simply need a stronger squad. The quality they bring off the bench is not a patch on most of their rivals, and Rodgers needs to bring in 5 or 6 new faces at the end of the season.

  1. billobrienschindimple - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    I think you missed a major area that needs improvement, CB. Skrtel has lost form and is apparently in Rodgers doghouse. Carragher may or may not be available. D. Agger seems to be on the radar of Madrid and Barca. Coates is young, untested, and needs to go out on loan. There are waaaay too many questions that need answered in the center of that D.

    Getting a healthy Martin Kelly back could allow for Johnson to provide depth on the left.

    You are spot on with Ericksen, the single midfield player I want to be added to the squad.

    Also, keep in mind that ‘Pool are the youngest team in the EPL this year. If Carra does retire they will be near the youngest team again next year.

    The owners have said that Rodgers would get his 3 years to get things going. Compare the mood around the club and supporters to that of a year or two ago. The results may be frustrating, but the influx of youth and the attractive brand of footy has us in good spirits. There are encouraging signs for the near future.

    • mox19380 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Agree about that back line. Carragher is about as Liverpudlian as Paul McCartney but is well past his prime.

      As for Agger I doubt he is going anywhere w/ this tat

      http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/latest-news/agger-why-i-got-ynwa-tattoo

      Regardless the reds need another big timer or at least a really steady guy on the back line and then a cmf/amf to help Suarez

      • mox19380 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        landing Christian Ericksen from Ajax would be a sweet haul

  2. Henry Jackson - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I agree that CB is also an important area, but if Skrtel can get back form/sort out his differences with Rodgers he’s a very good defender. LFC need a CB (Ashley Williams looks on the cards) but I do feel attacking areas are more important at the moment. Kelly will be a great addition when he’s back fit.

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