Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Five things Brendan Rodgers must do to ensure Liverpool progress

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Brendan Rodgers very nearly secured Premier League glory with Liverpool this season
Brendan Rodgers very nearly secured Premier League glory with Liverpool this season

No title for Liverpool, but Brendan Rodgers remains full of hope for Liverpool's future. Here's five things the Carnlough native must do to ensure progress continues at Anfield.

1. Learn from the experience: It's easy to forget that Rodgers has only been a top flight boss for three seasons and the one just finished was his first as a title contender. It was as new for him as it was for his players and Rodgers should be a better boss for it.

2. Keep Luis Suarez: Real Madrid like to sign a BIG player every summer so it would be no shock if they moved for Suarez after the World Cup. Like in 2013, Rodgers must ensure the Uruguayan stays at the club. Having Champions League football ought to help.

3. Recruit well – The work of Liverpool's transfer committee has been patchy. The Reds need major summer success in this area to take them to the next level... Southampton's Adam Lallana and Manchester City's Micah Richards would do for starters.

With more playing commitments, Rodgers needs a minimum of FIVE top new players, who can make instant impressions.

4. Sort out the defence – Obvious really. The team conceded 50 goals in the league. Way too much. Hull City, who finished 16th, conceded just three more!

5. Stay together – There was great unity between owners, manager, players and fans at Liverpool in their surprise title bid. There may be tougher times to come next season and that togetherness could be tested. It must be maintained if success is to be achieved.

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