Liverpool came agonisingly close to landing their first league title in 24 years last season.
Had Steven Gerrard not slipped up so catastrophically against Chelsea at Anfield, it is highly likely that Liverpool would have gone on to win it.
It is very inconsiderate, however, to single out that one slip by a player who has done more than any other to try and bring the league title back to Anfield and over the course of the season it was in defence that Liverpool were found wanting.
It is because of this fact, that I find Brendan Rodgers’ summer signings up to now to be rather baffling.
So far, the services of Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Emre Can have been acquired. The latter is capable of filling in in a defensive capacity, but is nominally a midfielder. Also, in the last few days, Liverpool are said to have agreed a deal with Lille for the services of Belgium starlet Divock Origi and are in talks with Benfica in a bid to sign Serbian winger Lazar Markovic.
At this rate Liverpool are going to have far too many forwards and attacking midfielders and not enough decent defenders.
Dejan Lovren - who appears eager to leave Southampton - has been linked with a move to Liverpool and would be a fantastic signing for them.
They will need more than just him though if they are to succeed where they so narrowly missed out last season.
A top class left-back should be a priority, as Jon Flanagan is not the solution there. He should be more focussed on usurping the defensively suspect Glen Johnson as Liverpool’s starting right-back.
Then again, Rodgers has set his Liverpool side up to play in an attractive but cavalier manner, so maybe all these attacking players will see a continuation of that, which can only be a good thing for the neutrals.
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