Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hopes that he can lead the Reds to cup glory next season.

The Anfield outfit were knocked out from all three cup competitions fairly early last season as they had to cope with a young and small squad.

But Rodgers is confident that he can improve the squad and do slightly better in the cup competitions next campaign.

"This time, we'll certainly give the League Cup and the FA Cup a proper go - we have a much better squad to do that," he told the clubs official website.

"We had a paper-thin squad last year, we had kids all the way through. Obviously those players who have come in have added quality and it's no coincidence that we have kicked on when we've had quality in the group.

"We need to improve the group and the depth but that's what gives me great hope for the summer. If we can add that, we can make a real start and then we're ready to challenge."

Liverpool were knocked out of the League Cup and FA Cup in the fourth rounds by Swansea and Oldham respectively and only reached the last 32 of the Europa League before being eliminated by Zenit St. Petersburg.

The club failed to qualify to the Europa League last season so will only compete in two cup competitions.

Rodgers, who's only been in charge of the club for one year, knows that he needs to improve the squad's depth.

"You can flip it about, but it's the depth really. We just need to build up the depth of the squad.

"I want to have people who might be disappointed because they're not even on the bench. At the minute we probably don't have that so it's competition we want to get.

He continued: "I don't want a massive group, we want a tight group with a real core of 17 or 18 players who feel they should always be playing and then supported by a few of our top young talents."

Seven academy players made their first-team debut last season as Liverpool had little option but to select members of their youth team.

However, the January arrivals of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge helped add quality to the squad. Rodgers will be hoping for a few more additions this summer as he looks to build a squad capable of cup glory next season.


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