With a League Cup Final place already booked this weekend, down to the last 8 in the FA Cup and Champions League qualification well within their grasp, this season could potentially end up being considered as a successful campaign for Liverpool, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. Here are 3 ways that can go toward achieving that goal.
The right side of midfield hasn’t necessarily been a problem for the Reds this season but at the same time it hasn’t delivered much of an attacking threat. Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing and Craig Bellamy have all had opportunities to impress on Liverpool’s right flank but only the latter has offered any kind of success.
Kenny Dalglish’s side are heavily reliant on full-back Glen Johnson providing the main source of attack from the right with the chosen right midfielder tending to offer more of a solid option rather than an attacking one. Although much of the Merseysider’s success this season has been built around a solid defence who are difficult to break down, they have also often struggled to break down the opposition. The addition of a creative right-winger with plenty of pace can help to provide more of a cutting edge that the Reds have been somewhat lacking.
Lack of ruthlessness in front of goal is another improvement Liverpool need to make. Of the 12 league games Dalglish’s men have played at Anfield this season, 4 have been won and 8 drawn, scoring on just 14 occasions. Creating chances hasn’t necessarily been the problem, it’s finishing them off that has.
Liverpool have the lowest goal conversion rate of any team in the Premier League which clearly needs to be addressed. Great teams have always had a ruthless streak that can kill off the opposition when opportunities arise which is something missing from Kenny Dalglish’s side at the moment.
To find a ruthlessness, and to convert disappointing draws in to wins, acquiring an out-and-out goalscorer is an absolute necessity for Liverpool to improve. Luis Suarez is undoubtedly world-class and Andy Carroll is only just beginning to show the sort of form he is capable of but neither look like grabbing 30-goals a season. Liverpool have only managed to find the net on 29 occasions from 25 league games this season which is enough evidence to suggest that a goalscorer has to be top of Kenny Dalglish’s shopping list in the summer.
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