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Rondon slides the ball under Adam Bogdan in what was an aggressively average performance from the Reds .

Liverpool need consistency and smarter signings next season

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Liverpool's 1-1 draw away at the Hawthorns epitomised what has been an incredibly mediocre season for the Reds, one they will be glad to put behind them. 

Once again Liverpool fell behind to another cheap goal, which could've been easily prevented by some competent goalkeeping, and it essentially cost them three points. 

Of course, with the Europa League final in mind, Liverpool fielded a weakened side. Adam Bogdan started in goal for Jurgen Klopp's side, last having played for them back in November, a number of youngsters played, including two debutants, and both Jordan Henderson and Danny Ings used West Brom as a chance to end the Premier League season on a high after suffering injuries. 

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Nevertheless, the surrogate starters managed to encapsulate virtually the entire season in one match. There was the aforementioned goalkeeping error, slack defending, and missed opportunities galore.

On the other hand, we did see a wonderful solo goal by youngster Jordon Ibe, some superb possession play and equally impressive chances created. It really was the full monty. 

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Most of all, however, the season was underlined in the final game by one final factor: the result. A relatively disappointing, underwhelming 1-1 draw, versus a side that a club the Reds should really be doing better against. 

Liverpool's successes in Europe this season can only paper over the cracks in their domestic performance. A League Cup final was contrasted with a fourth round exit in the FA Cup. A 4-1 win against Manchester City was quickly put to shame by a 2-2 draw with Sunderland. The Reds have this season only been quicker to shoot themselves in the foot than they have been to get back on their feet. 

Having spent so much money on talented players, such as £32million man Christian Benteke, who has really failed to settle at Anfield, it is now time for the club to review their recruitment strategy and begin to put money into the right players. For too long has Liverpool maintained a 'sleeping giant' reputation and too long have fans stood for mediocrity. 

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Under Klopp, the Reds can likely look forward to a little more direction than under Brendan Rodgers. It is clear watching Liverpool play that the squad is once again unified and that everyone playing is working for a common goal: victory.

With the right sort of talent brought in, Klopp can begin to put a stamp of style on what will really become his Liverpool squad, and the Anfield faithful can hope to look forward to the glory days returning once more. 

Liverpool must now travel to Basle to face Sevilla, where they have a real chance of finally making a return to the coveted Champions League if they can avoid final heartbreak for the second time this season.

In what has been a storm of a season for Liverpool, there could well be a golden sky at the end. 

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