On the last day of the 2014/15 Premier league season, Liverpool Football Club proved to all their followers and die hard supporters, if they needed any proof that is, that the season just ended, was in fact one of their poorest for many a long year.
The 6-1 mauling at the Britannia Stadium, at the hands of an average team in Stoke City FC, proved just how far Liverpool had fallen from grace compared to last season's achievement in coming runners-up in the Premier League to Manchester City.
In fact, but for a couple of unfortunate slips they could well have been champions for the first time in 25 years. Obviously it didn't help in losing a world-class superstar in Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and being without their main striker Daniel Sturridge for large parts of the season, but even so some of the performances they put in were an embarrassment to the name of the Anfield club.
Improvements must be made
All this means is that this summer manager Brendan Rodgers, if in fact he still is manager when the transfer window opens, must make a few improvements to the current squad and hope that his chosen targets make a better impression than some of his signings from last summer.
Below I have laid out what I think could well be Liverpool FC's starting XI for the opening game of the 2015/16 season and named just three new additions who could turn the team into worthy contenders for the Premier League title.
The right team
Providing the manager reverts to a classic 4-3-1-2 formation, this team could well give any team in the Premier League a hard time and there are still other players available should the manager want to change his system to any other formation he chooses.
CLYNE (£12M) SKRTEL SAKHO MORENO
IBE KHEDIRA (FREE) CAN
BENTEKE (£25M) STURRIDGE
As you can see from the XI listed above the team does not need major surgery, just three additions with class, quality, Premier League and/or international experience.
There will always remain a doubt about Daniel Sturridge's fitness, but with Divock Origi returning from Lille FC there is an able replacement up front. Added to the side above, there are players like Henderson, Lallana, Allen, Lucas, Markovic, Lovren, Flanagan (when back from knee surgery), and Kolo Toure who are more than able replacements.
There is also one other player to mention and that is possibly the jewel in the crown for the future and that is Jerome Sinclair who has the whole world at his feet should he continue to develop as he has done so over the last couple of years.
That leaves one problem to solve and that is quite easy in truth. It is patently obvious that Raheem Sterling does not want to stay at Liverpool, or so his agent says anyway, and if that really is the case, then the club should sell him to the highest bidder. £40-£50m will do quite nicely, and that money more than takes care of the transfer fees of the incoming players mentioned above.
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