1. Get Rid of the Dead Wood
Mario Balotelli, Lucas Leiva, Fabio Borini, Kolo Toure, and Jose Enrique all must be gone in the next transfer market. One of the main reasons Liverpool have struggled late in games this season is the lack of depth in the squad. Last summer Manchester United realized an overhaul was needed and let go of the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, and Patrice Evra in order to bring fresh, new faces in. No one sets a better example of awful Liverpool players better than Mario Balotelli. The Italian striker who cost the Merseyside club 26.5 million dollars has only managed to net 4 goals in all competitions. Liverpool will look forward to selling him before his price begins to plummet even more. Brendan Rodgers (or whoever is in charge at the end of the season) must make it a necessity to operate a summer clear out and bring in new players.
2. Hold on to Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling has arguably been Liverpool’s best player this season. At the ripe age of 20 years old, Sterling has scored 11 goals in 47 appearances. The young, pacy winger has his best years ahead of him and Liverpool have to make sure it’s in a red kit. With Steve Gerrard set to leave at the end of the season and Daniel Sturridge’s injury troubles, Sterling is going to be a key part of the redevelopment of Liverpool. In an interview the England International openly admitted to the BBC that he rejected a 100k contract with Liverpool and is flattered with links with a move to Arsenal. When Wayne Rooney expressed his desire to leave Manchester United in 2010 Sir Alex Ferguson made sure the club did everything possible to keep their star striker at Old Trafford. What happened? Two days after announcing his future departure, the now Manchester United captain signed a five year contract with wages up to 180,000 pounds a week. Even though Sterling has said that the financial aspect of the game does not motivate him to play, Liverpool should offer him more money if they want Sterling to stay and have a fighting chance to finish in the top four.
3. Sack Brendan Rodgers
Let’s face it, a manager nowadays will no longer be given 3-4 seasons to build a team for the future. With the amount of money club owners pump into the club, they expect immediate success. Rodgers spent 117,000,000 pounds on below par players whom have failed to make a remarkable impact at Anfield. In the past three seasons Rodgers has only made 2 successful signings (Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho) after spending 215,100,000 pounds on 20 players and three trophyless seasons. If you are a Manchester United fan like I am, you try to block out last season as much as possible. The main reason for that total embarrassment was David Moyes. Now I’ll go easy on Mr. Moyes because it wasn’t his fault. What was Sir Alex Ferguson doing giving the managerial position to an experienced manager who never won anything as a manager before? I digress. The important thing is that United realized they needed a change in leadership. In 10 months Moyes turned Manchester United into a laughing stock in Europe, lost the respect of the fans, and left the United board with no choice but to sack him. And with a certain German manager now on the market (Jurgen Klopp), Rodgers is now on the hot seat!
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