Gerrard fears Liverpool will be left behind unless they improve squad

Steven Gerrard believes Liverpool need to improve their squad during the summer window, or else they risk being left behind by their Premier League rivals.

The Reds had hoped to launch a serious bid for the top four this season, but despite signing off with a 1-0 win over Queens Park Rangers on Sunday, they have finished the campaign in seventh position and 12 points off their target placing. However, there have been definite signs of improvement since the turn of the year, with just one defeat in their last dozen games.

Gerrard, though, still feels there is much room for improvement, and he hopes there will be cash available to Brendan Rodgers when the window reopens. Because if they stand still, the England international fears they will fall even further behind the leading pack.

“Since January this team has shown a better level of consistency,” he said. “We’ve shown [UEFA] Champions League form and there is a lot of optimism and positives to take into next season. Our target at the beginning of the season was fourth and we have not delivered that.

“As players we need to take responsibility for that.  We finished seventh in the league so there certainly needs to be a bit done.  All the other teams will strengthen and we can’t afford to be left behind. I am sure the manager is already thinking about where he needs to strengthen the squad to make up that gap so we compete with the top four.”

Rodgers spent the best part of £30million last summer, when he brought in Joe Allen, Fabio Borini, Oussama Assaidi and Semed Yesil. He added to this during the January window, with the impressive double capture of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho for a combined fee of around £25million. This summer, he will be expected to recoup some of this outlay, with Andy Carroll and Jay Spearing almost certain to leave and possibly even Martin Skrtel.

Goalkeeper Pepe Reina has also been linked with an exit, as Barcelona seek a replacement for wantaway Victor Valdes. However, speaking earlier this month, Rodgers stated that he expects to keep the Spanish international, who has been at the club since joining from Villarreal in the summer of 2005 and remains under contract until 2016.

 

2 thoughts on “Gerrard fears Liverpool will be left behind unless they improve squad

  1. if i was gerrard i’d tell fsg that if they’re not prepared to lay out the cash for some quality players then i’d either retire or head abroad! gerrard deserves another shot at ucl. lfc needs to be back in the top four. to do that we need more quality players. BR needs f$g to back him. YNWA

  2. You should add Borini, Assaidi and Coates to the list of players that Brendan Rogers could sell. If Barca come in with a decent offer for Reina then we should sell him too. There are a raft of top goalkeepers out there at the moment, possibly not as good as Pepe but he would be disgruntled if Barca made a decent offer and we refused it. If Liverpool are serious about going for the top four in the EPL then they need to sell the players who aren’t good enough to get us there and bring in ones who can, it’s time to get brutal because success doesn’t come hand in hand with sentiment. So players to go: Skrtel, Reina, Coates, Spearing, Assaidi, Borini. Selling those players would generateone tween £20M to £30M income, if the owners were to add another £20M then that is a fair amount to bring in four top quality players, plus a couple of aspiring youngsters that have been mentioned in a lot of press releases lately. There are players out there that we can buy for the right sort of money, look how much Coutinho and Sturridge cost, around £20M and they have both made a serious impact. More of the same in the summer please.

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