Liverpool FC: 5 Summer Objectives

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 29, 2012

Liverpool FC: 5 Summer Objectives

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    Liverpool may have won the Carling Cup and be in the running for the FA Cup, but their league form has disappointed most.

    In all fairness, they've had an OK season. A cup is a cup and it doesn't matter what you win, it only matters that you actually win something.

    We all saw the relief on Dirk Kuyt's face during his interview after the final against Cardiff.

    But beyond the FA Cup, Liverpool's league season is finished. The Reds won't be playing UEFA Champions League football next season and should have already turned their attention to how they can improve their showings next season.

    Read on to find five summer objectives Kenny Dalglish must undertake.

    Enjoy the slideshow!

Retain Luis Suarez

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    Luis Suarez is Liverpool's best player.

    He needs to score more goals, yes, but it's clear to everyone he is one of the most skillful players in world football.

    He does some great work in the final third of the pitch and works just has hard as anyone else on the field.

    Liverpool have stated their intent to tie him down on a contract extension and this must be considered the No. 1 priority in Merseyside this summer.

    For a more in-depth look into why Liverpool should cling onto the Uruguayan at all costs, click here.

Find Stewart Downing Some Confidence

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    Stewart Downing—one of the worst players in the Premier League this season.

    His league statistics to date are redefining the word "poor." After 1,060 passes, he hasn't managed an assist. Sixty-two shots and still no goals.

    That sort of return is not even worth £20 let alone £20 million.

    Downing was very poor in his first season at Aston Villa and proceeded to light up Villa Park in his second season. Kenny Dalglish needs to get on the phone to Gerard Houllier and ask him how on earth he did it.

    (Stewart Downing statistics courtesy of Allan Jiang via

Spend Wisely

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    This summer, Liverpool will have to spend again but the fans will be hoping the cash is splashed wisely this time around.

    Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson, Sebastien Coates and Charlie Adam were all very expensive purchases who have yet to make any real impact on the squad.

    I don't need to go into detail regarding Andy Carroll.

    Kenny Dalglish needs to use his transfer funds more sensibly. Buy proven, experienced players who can make an immediate impact.

    The players mentioned have time on their side to turn their form around, but there simply cannot be a reckless repeat of last season.

Sign a Goal-Poacher Extraordinaire

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    Someone who can score 20 goals in a season is imperative to a club who wants to be at the top.

    Liverpool sold an underperforming Fernando Torres but failed to replace him with a like-for-like goal-getter.

    I see Luis Suarez's long-term future at central attacking midfield or in a trequartista role, not as an out-and-out striker.

    It was rumoured in January that Kenny Dalglish was after Edinson Cavani—someone who would represent a much-needed and welcome signing at Anfield.

Be Rid of the Anfield Jitters

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    Liverpool's home form has been a serious concern this season.

    Watching the opening game of the 2011/2012 domestic campaign, it seemed clear during the first 45 minutes that Liverpool would be a true force.

    They positively battered Sunderland and it could have been so different for Stewart Downing, had that mazy run and shot ended in a goal rather than a spanking of the crossbar.

    In 15 home games, Liverpool have drawn eight and won a measly total of five. They need to be rid of these Anfield jitters next season to become a serious contender once more.

    What else can be done to improve Liverpool's performances next season?

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