Liverpool FC: 5 Main Reasons Why the Reds Will Improve Next Season
Most Liverpool fans will probably agree that last season could not be considered a success.
Despite the first silverware in years, the league position was not acceptable which led to the sacking of Liverpool legend and icon Kenny Dalglish.
The accumulation of a mere 52 points in the league which positioned the Reds a dismal eighth, behind city rivals Everton, was dire to put it mildly.
Improvement on this is an absolute must. A challenge for a top four placing in the coming season must be at the top of the list of priorities for the club.
If Champions League football is not achieved in the coming season, then Liverpool could be stuck in mid-table obscurity for years to come.
Without the financial rewards that Champions League football brings to a club, it is virtually impossible to compete in modern day football.
Liverpool need to see a massive improvement in result to achieve this, lagging 17 points behind fourth place Tottenham and a unbelievable 37 points behind champions Manchester City seems almost insurmountable.
But the Reds have no choice, a drastic and rapid improvement is urgently required.
However, there are signs that Liverpool could be up to the challenge next season. Many promising signs are there that should see the Anfield giants up there with the best in the league next season.
1. New Manager
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Liverpool owners have wasted little time in the past and removed Kop hero Kenny Dalglish as manager.
No one would doubt, that at the time of Dalglish's appointment, there was no other person that could fill that position better than the Scot.
Dalglish stabilised the club, bringing much needed calm and stability. However, he had taken the club as far as he could and it was time for a new manager to take the club on from the foundations laid by Dalglish.
Whoever the new manager will be, and the appointment is not far off now, will bring the club into the realms of the modern day game.
Fresh ideas, innovative tactics and formations that can bring out the full potential of the existing players at the club will be seen at Anfield.
The hopes and dreams of all the fans is that the removal of Dalglish and the introduction of a new man heralds a new dawn at Anfield.
Various names have been banded around, but whoever John Henry ultimately appoints must bring a much-needed breath of fresh air into the corridors of Anfield.
2. Complete New Management Structure
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Liverpool Football Club is taking huge strides to completely restructuring the entire management structure of the club.
The footballing philosophy of the club will be led by a director of football, whose responsibility would be to give the club guidance in the manner in which it wants to play its football. The brand of football to be played would be a line that would run throughout the club.
The new manager will be responsible for all first team affairs and would closely liaise with the director of football on identifying and acquiring new players and staff.
This model is not common in the English Premier League where the manager has far more control over all the affairs of the club.
However, most of the top European teams employ the system that Liverpool is looking to adopt and it is anticipated that restructuring Liverpool Football Club along these lines will bring success on the pitch.
For such a system to be fruitful it needs to be bought into by the club as a whole and for the key appointments such a the director of football and manager to be comfortable with their roles and responsibilities.
Louis Van Gaal is being hotly pursued by the Reds for the position of director of football and certainly a person of such calibre is what Liverpool need in this position.
The wealth of experience the Dutchman brings, as well as the person he knows in the game, should assist Liverpool immensely.
Certainly, if this blueprint is adopted and the appointments are correct, then this should pay dividends to the performances on the pitch and ultimately propel the Reds up the league table.
3. New Players to Be Brought in
Carroll improved but support is needed
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The Reds last season have found wanting in quality in many positions and reinforcements are needed.
Creativity has not been in abundance last season and a glaring lack of goals was most probably the main reason for Liverpool's disappointing showing in the league.
The director of football and new manager must look to improve the quality of the squad as a priority in the transfer window.
The need for a goalscoring striker is urgent. Despite the improvement in the displays of Andy Carroll at the tail end of the season, Liverpool require a predatory type of striker whose conversion rate is high.
Luis Suarez was the shining star in Liverpool attacking play last season and without his talents, it does not bear thinking about where the Reds would have ended up in the league.
But Suarez needs support and with the number of games that modern day player plays, it is imperative that top quality support is needed.
On the flanks, Liverpool recruitment has once again fallen short. Stewart Downing has been such a disappointment last season.
A tricky winger with bags of pace and tricks that can whip in quality crosses for Carroll to latch onto is also urgently needed.
All in all, Liverpool need to bring in further quality players to strengthen the squad.
With the appointment of a director of football and a new manager, the Reds should improve the quality of the squad in the summer.
4. The Andy Carroll, Luis Suarez Partnership Will Gell
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The previous slide indicated that the strengthening of the squad should bode well for next season. This is coupled with this slide which indicates the improvement in the strike partnership of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll.
At the end of last season, Carroll put in some highly impressive performances and his partnership with Suarez seemed to finally to take shape.
Another preseason together under both their belts should bring greater understanding and gelling of their partnership.
The signs were there in the final games of last season that the two can forge a formidable strike partnership.
Certainly on paper the two as a strike pair looks impressive. Carroll's power and excellent hold up play in combination with Suarez's guile and genius makes the mouth water.
Next season will see the two come into their own as one of the most potent strike partnerships in the league.
5. The Return of Lucas
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Lucas has become an integral figure in the Liverpool midfield, and his absence for most of last season was heavily felt.
The Brazilian took some time to win the Liverpool fans over, but putting in top quality displays endured him to the Kop and now he is a firm fans' favorite.
His partnership with Steven Gerrard allowed the captain to venture further forward where he is undoubtedly at his most dangerous.
Lucas' work rate, accurate passing, tacking and solid all-round, no-nonsense performances were sorely missed and having him back in the midfield next season will be an enormous plus.
The Reds will benefit from a recuperated and fully fit Lucas and having him back will be like a new signing. His influence on the game should not be underestimated.
Lucas' return to the Liverpool squad will be eagerly anticipated by him, the fans and the team. His presence in the midfield, which was so badly missed, will return next season and will be a vital factor is improving the Reds' league performances.