After a midseason charge briefly brought Liverpool back into the Champions League conversation, the Reds are ultimately going to fall well short of that goal. One of the main reasons for the struggles is a lack of attacking depth behind Luis Suarez.
Brendan Rodgers will work to fix that problem during the summer, according to ESPN. The report states the Liverpool manager is hoping to add one or two players capable of providing the club with a deeper offensive group heading into next season.
We've scored a lot of goals this season but we obviously need to improve in that aspect as well to break down teams who come and play that bit deeper.
We need to find one or two players who can make us help the difference in games like this. We've had a lot of draws this season and we need to find the solution for next year.
Suarez carried the Liverpool offense for extended stretches of the campaign. He ranks second in the Premier League with 23 goals, which is where the total will remain due to his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
The Reds lacked the secondary scoring threats necessary for a more consistent attack, though. Veteran midfielder Steven Gerrard has the next highest goal total in league play with nine. Daniel Sturridge, who didn't even join the club until January, is third with seven.
What should Rodgers target first?
Rodgers' addition of the 23-year-old Sturridge should be his blueprint for finding another option or two during the offseason. Talented players who should come at a reasonable price because they have fallen out of favor with their current club or are still trying to reach peak form.
The first-year manager did receive some positive news when Suarez told Geoff Sweet of The Sun that he plans on staying with Liverpool moving forward amid rumors about his status.
Luis Suarez has confirmed he will stay at Liverpool.
The striker, 26, was thought to be quitting Anfield after his 10-match ban for biting Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic.
But Suarez said: "I have a deal with Liverpool and this is my present — and future."
Things can always change over the course of the summer, of course. A Suarez departure would obviously cause the club's transfer plans to go from a couple of depth pieces to finding another star to lead the attack and those are much tougher to find.
Luckily, it sounds like Suarez is committed to Liverpool, at least for now. It gives Rodgers far more flexibility as he begins to put his transfer plans into motion. Bolstering the attack should be atop his to-do list.
One player linked to Liverpool is Loic Remy. Greg Stobart of Goal.com reported Tottenham and the Reds are the early favorites to land the QPR striker, who has a relegation release clause in his contract that could lead to a cut-price deal.
Sources have told Goal.com that the relegation release clause in Remy's contract is "significantly lower" than the £8 million that the Rs paid to sign the France international from Marseille in January.
More options should become available once the window officially opens and clubs make their intentions clear. Rodgers has done a nice job of identifying talent that goes on to provide good overall value, such as Sturridge, which bodes well for his chances of finding an attacking bargain.
If Liverpool is able to solidify their attack early in the window, everything else should begin to fall into place. They do have other needs, but the inconsistent attack should be remedied first.
Rodgers sounds prepared to make the necessary moves, which should excite Liverpool supporters after enduring an up-and-down campaign.