Liverpool: Can they make top four challenge?
Liverpool opinion: Brendan Rodgers needs to improve squad this summer & then can target a Champions League place
Brendan Rodgers' first season at Liverpool can be looked upon as a success, as he has managed to bring stability to Anfield.
Rodgers started slowly - a thumping 3-0 away defeat at West Bromwich Albion meant alarm bells were ringing.
However, the owners appointed Rodgers for the long term, and they gave their new manager their full support.
Eventually, the players began to adapt to the new system, and Liverpool were starting to play nice football, and scoring plenty of goals.
5-0 victories over Swansea and Norwich epitomised this, and also showed that Liverpool had become clinical in-front of goal, something that they couldn't do the season before, although this was mainly down to the form of talismanic striker Luis Suarez.
January was the turning point for Rodgers - the acquisitions of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge changed Liverpool's fortunes, these two men would shine for the rest of the season.
Sturridge started his Liverpool career in superb form, scoring in his first three games - the first man to do this since Ray Kennedy in 1974.
Coutinho also made a huge impact and could even be regarded as one of the singings of the season.
At £8 million he has chipped in with a lot of assists, seven in 13 games to be precise; while showcasing his spectacular passing ability.
Coutinho's ability to execute that killer pass to perfection resulted in many more chances being created, which resulted in more goals being scored for the team. Coutinho's best game in a Liverpool shirt was the 6-0 demolition of Newcastle at St James Park, something they achieved without the suspended Luis Suarez. He ran the game on his own and claimed two assists, while being heavily involved in another, and also won the free kick which led to Liverpool's sixth and final goal of the game.
Liverpool's goal rush towards the end of the season has given the fans renewed optimism ahead of next season that they can challenge for the top four. With many new signings on the cards, and the capture of Kolo Toure, Liverpool fans have a reason to be excited.
Many names have been linked with the Reds recently, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto being the most prominent, both would be quality signings for Liverpool -both are young and possess a wonderful technical ability.
Another player who has been heavily linked with Liverpool is Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He would be Liverpool's 'marquee signing' with a reported £22m price-tag, he won't be cheap, but boasts a very impressive 25 goals in 31 games in the Ukranian League last season, which is a record.
With Rodgers saying he wanted to add '20 more goals' to the team, Mkhitaryan looks to be an ideal signing.
There is no doubt that Liverpool will improve if Rodgers manages to acquire the services of the names mentioned above, but whether they could finish in the top four next season, could depend on whether the ever reliable, yet controversial Luis Suarez remains at Anfield.
If Suarez stays, and Liverpool purchase the rumoured targets, Rodgers' side will be a force to be reckoned with and could secure a Champions League place - something that the Liverpool faithful have been craving for a few years now.
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