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Brendan Rodgers demands improvement from Liverpool in front of goal

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Brendan Rodgers believes Liverpool must add more goals to their game if they are continue to improve.

The Reds were unstoppable in front of goal last season, scoring 103 goals in the Premier League and finished the campaign with a goal difference of +53.

31 of those strikes came from Luis Suarez who left Anfield for Barcelona last summer and Daniel Sturridge, who netted 21 times last term, has spent most of this season on the side-lines.

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Rodgers right to demand more

Liverpool have just 45 goals to their name from 31 top flight games this season with Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard all on six strikes each.

For a side who had title ambitions at the beginning of the term, it has come as a shock to see the Merseyside club struggle so badly infront of goal. And Rodgers urges his side to put their shooting boots and become more prolific.

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Strikers simply haven't delivered

"We are still trying to find solutions at the top end of the field," he told Liverpool's official club website

"When everyone is fit and available we are able to compete with this squad, but our top goalscorer is on six goals. Three players on six goals. That's the reality of where we are at, and we have to find solutions for that.

"It's about finding what suits the players. We have obviously got a number of players out now and when we changed the system it suited them. We are always looking to find a way.

"If you look at the game the other day, we created important opportunities at the beginning of the game, but you have to take them.

As a whole, I think in terms of the efforts on our opponent's goal, we need to increase that level.

"Our possession just hasn't been good enough, that has been the key to it. We have to build the game quickly, but the ball has been so slow.

"It wasn't just these two games, it was the Swansea game in the first half as well. The speed of our game hasn't quite been there, the speed of our passing.

"When we play the game quickly, that allows us to get into position. And the key for us is that when you're in position you can press better as well because if the ball breaks down you're there.

"Against United we were only in half positions, we were trying to build the game, get into position but we gave the ball away and there was too much space.

"In the Arsenal game we didn't start well, got back into it but then defended poorly. I don't think it was anything to do with the system, whatever system we were playing, we just didn't pass the ball quick enough."

Poor signings cost the Reds dear

Liverpool lost Suarez to Barcelona however they failed to replace the Urugauyan.

Sturridge is one of the Premier League's best strikers on his day, however, he is prone to injury and you can guarantee he will not be fit for the majority of the season. 

The Reds lost a world class player when Suarez left and they had to spend a lot of money and replace the former number seven.

Although the striker market was slim last summer, Liverpool should have forced a team to sell a top-notch player with an offer they could not refuse.

Instead, Rodgers brought in Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for just £16 millions. The Northern Irishman was citicised for signing Balotelli as the Italian's career has been riddled with controversey throughout. 

The 24-year-old has failed wherever he has played and he's been no different at Anfield scoring just four goals and put in a number of dreadful performance.

Rickie Lambert too joined from Southampton however he has rarely been used and looked unfit when coming on as a substitute.

New striker a must this summer

A top-class centre-forward is an absolute must for Rodgers in the summer. Sturridge is a liabilty due to his poor history with injuries, likewise Balotelli for different reasons.

It seems that Fabio Borini will leave Merseyside after playing little this term, which will be a welcomed £10 million for the club. The former AS Roma man is a work-horse when he is given a rare nod however isn't a player suited to the top-level.

It looks like Liverpool will miss out on a top-four finish this campaign, something that has not pleased Kopites after their phenominal effort last season.

No Champions League football means that the Reds could fail to attract the world's best strikers in the summer transfer window. If this is the case, Rodgers may have to offer some serious amounts of money to persuade the world's elite goalscorers to join the five-time European Cup winners.

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