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Brendan Rodgers must address Liverpool's defensive frailties

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Last season, Liverpool exceeded expectations when they finished runners-up in the Premier League by a mere two points. Throughout the season, the Reds were playing attractive and attacking football which lead to many goals.

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They scored a whopping 101 goals last season but let's not forget they also slipped in a massive 50 goals in the back, which is the highest number among the top four.

Costly mistakes

Some of those goals leaked were crucial as they proved vital in the title race. Steven Gerrard's slip-up against Chelsea threw them right out of the title race while three goals in 11 minutes at Crystal Palace killed any hopes of Liverpool winning the league. Early on in the season, Kolo Toure gifted West Brom the winner when he passed the ball straight into Anichibe's path.

Liverpool's defense needed their frontmen to dig them out of trouble as most of their wins were won by outscoring their opponents and not by keeping clean sheets. Lucky for them the Suarez and Sturridge pairing hit form at the right time and scored goals for fun and they can forget about the defensive frailties for the moment.

Mignolet shakey

Simon Mignolet performed well but looked shaky in bigger games and his decision-making isn't the best. Glen Johnson was solid but still made some mistakes time by time. Jose Enrique was injured early in the season so Aly Cissokho and Jon Flanagan had to fill in at left back during his absence. They did their job fine but both of them aren't available next season as Cissokho went back to Valencia and Flanagan prefers to play at right back.

Other than that, centre-back was a position which made the most changes in the season. The likes of Skrtel, Agger, Sakho and Toure has been mixed and matched all throughout the season. Skrtel looked solid but Sakho and Agger wasn't providing good performances consistently and Toure was poor throughout the season.

Rodgers must prioritise defence

Going into the summer transfer window, most would expect Brendan Rodgers to bolster his squad as they prepare for Champions League football again and that defense would be a priority for them.

But with the departure of Suarez to Barcelona, Liverpool are getting carried away about how to replace him and his goals by signing attacking minded players. What they are forgetting is that they haven't bought a defender which they so awfully need especially when they have to play extra European games next season.

Two full-backs and two centre-backs should be brought in to help improve the squad defensively. Dejan Lovren has publicly expressed his aspirations to move to the Anfield outfit and they should seriously consider him. Steven Caulker also can provide consistency to the Liverpool backline.

Full-backs like Alberto Moreno can provide Jose Enrique with good competition as Liverpool need at least two left backs in case one gets suspended or injured. Ben Davies or Ryan Bertrand can be brought in to provide cover for the left-back position, too.

Rodgers must address to his defensive problems or else Liverpool will not be able to cope with the pressure of European football after such a wonderful season. A solid defense is vital for a club chasing for numerous honours in the future.

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