Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool had to improve forward line

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Brendan Rodgers insists Liverpool's improved forward line have the ability to score a significant amount of goals next season.

The Reds were prolific in front of goal during the 2013/14 campaign when they racked up a tally of 103 Premier League goals, mainly due to the deadly duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

However, Liverpool felt the backlash of Suarez's sale to Barcelona and Sturridge's injury riddled season and were distinctly toothless last campaign and netted just 52 top flight goals all term.

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Rodgers and Co. have been hard at work over the summer to bring in new recruits to add more goals to their game and drafted in Danny Ings from Burnley on a free transfer and Christian Benteke is set to complete his move to Anfield for £32.5 million from Aston Villa subject to a medical. 

The Merseyside outfit have also seen the arrival of Divock Origi who signed from Lille for £10 million last summer but stayed on loan at the Ligue 1 side for one final year.

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And Rodgers admits that he had no choice but to increase his stock upfront.

“It was just clear we needed to score more goals,” the Northern Irishman told the Liverpool Echo. “But I wouldn’t want that to be taken as that the other side isn’t important. I believe that our defensive organisation is critical to allow our talents to flourish.

“You’ve seen on this tour already the idea - our pressing game, the intensity to get the ball back quickly. We can do that when we have all the tools in the squad to score goals and create them.

“A few years ago we needed to improve our goal tally and we did that and it gave the team a little bit of profit. I feel it was the same this summer.

“We were down on our goals. Overall it is the balance we need to improve offensively and defensively and the players that will contribute to both.”


With the new arrivals at Anfield it'll likely pave the way out for Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini.

Lambert has been the subject of interest from a number of club's including Norwich City and Bournemouth, however, it's West Bromwich Albion who are reportedly leading the race with them offering £3 million for the England international.

Balotelli is on the transfer list and did not travel with the Liverpool squad for their pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia. He cost £16 million last summer from AC Milan and the Reds are willing to cut their losses, however, it is Balotelli who is stubborn to move and will not take a pay cut from his £90,000-a-week wages he earns at Anfield.

Borini almost departed Liverpool last summer but opted to try and fight for his place in Rodgers side, however, was given minimal opportunities last season and will likely seek first-team football elsewhere.

Europa League

Liverpool are set for a hectic campaign competing in the Europa League this term.

Playing Thursday-Sunday football can be a gruelling schedule which can effect league form; Everton were a prime example last campaign.

Benteke will become the Reds' seventh signing of the summer and they have a squad that is one of the biggest in the league.

Whereas other teams have felt the repercussions of Europa League football in the past, Rodgers is confident his side will be able to cope with both tournaments.

“People can see the quality of the players that are coming in and the ones that were already here,” he said. “Once we get that combination together we can go into each competition and put out a really strong team.

“There is no player that has come to the club and is guaranteed to play every single game. We aim to do well in all competitions and it is a squad being built to cope with it.

“The Europa League shouldn’t have any real detrimental effect because of the quality of players that I have.

“The priority is arriving back into that top four again and we want to look to get a trophy this year. Every player will contribute towards that.

“We have got a big squad and we will be fighting to improve this year. If you are playing well and working well, you will be playing games. It is as simple as that.

“When you’ve got new faces and new players coming in it always adds that competition.

“Competition in anything in life whether it is football, business or sport is healthy and the new players coming in have brought a freshness."

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