Jordan Henderson admits Liverpool have to improve in front of goal

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Jordan Henderson admitted that Liverpool were not good enough against Hull City and must improve in the final third.

Michael Dawson's 37th minute header gave Steve Bruce's men a 1-0 victory against the Reds at the KC stadium last Tuesday, all but burying the Merseyside club's chances of a top-four finish in the Premier League Liverpool had 69% possession and 12 shots at Steve Harper's net, however, failed to score for a second successive match.

Lack of goals

The Merseyside club have netted just four goals in their last six games and 47 all campaign in the top-flight - less than half they had at this point last year.

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Henderson and Philippe Coutinho had decent efforts stopped by the Tigers' goalkeeper, however, Liverpool failed to really test Harper and suffered a fourth defeat in six games. Henderson is the first to admit that the five-time European Cup winners have to improve in-front of goal.

Henderson admission

"It was very disappointing because we set high expectations and we expect to win coming here. We knew Hull would make it difficult," the former Sunderland man told

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"They're fighting for their lives down there and they did make it difficult. It was very similar to the West Brom game, where they were sitting in and making it hard to break through.

"Unfortunately, we couldn't break through. We had a couple of good chances to go ahead or get back in the game and we couldn't take them.

"We need to be better in that sense, but also we need to make sure we're not conceding sloppy goals as well. We're very disappointed with the goal.

"Getting to the final third, we got into some really good areas and didn't finish, so we need to be much more clinical in that area."If we do that, then we'll be killing teams off, really. We've just got to keep going and hopefully the ball will go in the back of the net soon."

Failure To Replace

Last summer, Liverpool lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona, which automatically took a hefty chunk of goals from their side - the former Ajax man netted 31 goals in the 2013/14 Premier League season.

All hopes were placed in Daniel Sturridge, however, he's suffered from a series of injuries all term and managed just 19 appearances all campaign, with a majority of them coming off the bench.

Sturridge's history has been riddled with injury and it's no surprise he's spent most of this season on the side-lines. The reason Chelsea sold the 24-year-old for just £12 million was because of his medical record and, although Liverpool have had their money's worth out of him, he cannot be relied on.

This is a fact Rodgers knew when he sold Suarez and should have spent a significant amount of the £75 million received for the Uruguayian on a top-class striker. There were a number of forward's who switched club's last summer; Antoine Grizemann and Mario Mandukic both joined Athletico Madrid, Alexis Sanchez moved to Arsenal and Diego Costa went to Chelsea.

Instead, as Rodgers sat back and watched the world's elite goalscorers move to other clubs, he signed Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli - two players who are not in the same class and have managed just eight goals between them in all competitions. He too signed Divock Origi from Lille for £10 million, but, allowed the French club to demand negotiations and the Belgian spent one final season on loan at the Ligue 1 side.

Summer Revival

This summer, the Liverpool boss has admitted that a striker is a priority. Reports suggest that Memphis Depay could be on his way to Anfield from PSV Eidenhoven. Depay has netted over 20 goals for the Dutch club this term, however, the Reds will have stiff competiton from Manchester United and PSG for his signature.

Edison Cavani has also been linked to the Merseyside outfit, however, any hope of the former Napoli man signing have been shot down as PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi announced that he will not be leaving the club.

With the likelihood of no Champions League football next term, it seems Liverpool will struggle to attract an elite forward and may have to look at an emerging talent across Europe. What do the fans think? Let us know in the comments box below.

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