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Monday, 27 January 2014

Liverpool Must Strengthen

Liverpool have had a great first half to the season but with teams above and below them strengthening, Liverpool must do the same if they wish to avoid slipping away from the top 4.

With their title hopes failing over the Christmas period, it is extremely important they do their upmost to stay in fourth position but with teams below them such as Everton and United bringing inn quality signings it may prove to be a challenging second half of the season for the Merseyside club.

United’s signing of Juan Mata is a big statement to everyone around them that they are far from finished in their pursuit of Champions League football and maybe even the title, Everton have similarly made a statement in the window with their purchases of Aiden McGeady and Lacina Traore, while Spurs under Sherwood are sure to make a resurgence.

This you would think will be sending alarm bells around the Liverpool camp and hopefully from the team and fans point of view, will push the owners into supporting one or two signings in the final few days of this transfer window.

Without signing any players would not necessarily be a disaster, the squad have shown throughout the season so far that they are capable of beating the best teams but come the end of the season when fatigue takes its toll, the injury list piles up and big players are needed to perform, Liverpool may be found wanting.

So far this window Liverpool have only shown an interest in Egyptian Mohamed Salah who has since joined Chelsea ending Liverpool’s hopes, this is no doubt a setback but there is undoubtedly other players out there who can add something to the squad.

When looking at the team there is a few areas that need improving, the defensive midfield area being one of those, the currently injured Lucas has not been overly impressive thus far and Liverpool could do with some competition in that position and will need a replacement for the next few months due to the Lucas injury.

Other areas that need strengthening include left back, with Enrique out injured and Cissokho not up to the standard required, a new player is much needed in that position. Centre half is probably the biggest problem at the moment with the team shipping goal after goal in recent matches, a signing in this position is key.

There is room for improvement in attacking areas but with Sterling Henderson and Coutinho it is not as important as the other positions mentioned.

If Brendan Rodgers wants to reignite Liverpool’s title challenge, signings are definitely needed, however if the top 4 is all he is looking for they will still be in a good position but may struggle to hold off United without any new players in the squad.