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Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool must score more goals

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Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Liverpool must be more clinical in front of goal and a striker is a priority this summer.

The Reds drew 0-0 with West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthornes on Saturday and their chances of finishing in the top-four of the Premier League are now all but over.

The Merseyside club dominated the game with 74 per-cent possession, however, Jordan Ibe's crashing shot that hit the bar and Philippe Coutinho's effort that produced a decent stop from Boaz Myhill were the only two chances that threatened the Baggies' goal.

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Difference

Last season, Liverpool were the league's highest scores with 103 goals, but, this term Rodgers' men have netted just 47 goals all campaign.

The sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer and a series of injuries to Daniel Sturridge - the pair netted a combined 52 goals last term - hasn't helped Liverpool's effort and Rodgers believes his side must improve in the final third.

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"We just don't score as many goals - it's as simple as that. The players are giving the same effort, the same attitude and the skills they are transferring from last year are the same," the Northern Irishman told the club's official website.

"We had two players last year who played in our front three who between them got 50-plus goals, and we don't have that. But as a team, the players are giving absolutely everything.

"You saw today that they gave everything; there was some really good bits of play, clever bits of invention around the box. It's just that final little piece.

"The numbers will tell you clearly in terms of our goals this year and comparison. This is the third season I've been here and they have grown each year I've been here.

"It's an area we'll look at in the summer and definitely one we have to do some work on. But I give credit to the players because they came out today after a difficult result and performance last week, and showed great confidence.

"We defended well when we had to and we attacked with all of the invention and creativity that we possibly could, but we just couldn't get that little bit of luck that we needed."

Poor Signings

Liverpool received £75 million for the sale of Suarez, however, failed to replace the Uruguayan. Suarez is a world class player who carried the Reds with his 31 goals and his performances throughout last season were at the highest level.

To replace Suarez, Liverpool had to spend the majority of that cash and draft in another top-class striker. Antoine Griezmann cost Athletico Madrid just £24m from Real Sociedad and the Frenchman has netted 22 goals in La Liga this season.

Alexis Sanchez snubbed the Merseyside club for Arsenal and Liverpool also failed to produce a bid for Mario Mandzukic, who netted 18 goals for Bayern Munich last term. Instead, Rodgers bought Mario Balotelli for £16m from Inter Milan, a purchase that left many Kopites puzzled. Balotelli's career has been riddled with controversy and, even when at his best, he is not in Suarez's league.

The Italian has grabbed just four goals all season and very much been a failure at Anfield.

In For Depay

Last week, it was reported that Liverpool have held talks with PSV Eindhoven striker Memphis Depay. The 21-year-old has been prolific in Eredivisie, netting 20 goals and aiding his side to top the table.

Depay is reportedly available for £25m, however, the Reds will face tough competition from Manchester United and PSG for the striker's signature. The Dutch international meets Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Groups policy of buying a young player and developing them into a world class player.

However, the Merseyside club need a striker who is on par with Suarez and need to buy a recognised front-man who is mature and a proven goalscorer at the highest level.

Let us know who you think they should buy in the comments box below.

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