Liverpool have announced three new signings over the past week: Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, and Simon Mignolet.
These players, with the exception of Mignolet as a goalkeeper, fit the Brendan Rodgers mould perfectly as players who can play in all three attacking positions in a 4-3-3.
Surely, these players will improve a side that is already so close to being great and will give the club that extra push it needs to be contending for a European spot.
However, bringing these players in may not be the solution to the biggest of Liverpool's problems. The team scored 71 goals last season, which was fourth most in the Premier League, so goal scoring is not a problem area for Liverpool.
In contrast, the team also conceded 43 goals, which is simply unacceptable for a team whose ambition is to return to the Champions League, not to mention that many of these conceded goals were completely avoidable. Based on these numbers, the majority of the transfer focus should be going to rebuilding the defence.
The time has come for Liverpool to get rid of their liabilities in the back. Pepe Reina was once a great keeper, but over the past two seasons his form has dropped dramatically and he has let in some truly shocking goals.
With the arrival of Mignolet, Reina's spot appears to be in jeopardy, although Rodgers has said that Mignolet is “competition, not a replacement” for Reina. This may be the case, but it would be far wiser for the club to sell Reina and use the profits to fund the purchases of some quality defenders.
Martin Skrtel is also a player who should be offloaded. His play has been poor this season, and he was replaced by Jamie Carragher before half of the season had elapsed.
With Carragher gone, not only will there be a hole in the centre of defence, but no one there to fill it. Liverpool need to add depth to their defence in addition to the added depth in attack. Being rumoured with Henrikh Mkhitaryan is great news, yes, but his goals will mean nothing if Liverpool continually concede goals and cannot win games.
The club has been linked with some quality defenders, such as Mamadou Sakho, and Ashley Williams, in recent weeks, but now is the time to step up those pursuits because the problems in defence are very severe.
Not only do Liverpool need starting defenders but they also need to add some depth. More than one of these targets will need to be acquired in order to make the goal scoring contributions of Luis Alberto and Aspas effective.
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