Much work for Rodgers

Much work for Rodgers

1 Make sure Suarez stays

A year on, the priority remains the same, Liverpool must hold on to Luis Suarez.

Reports have suggested that the Uruguayan has pledged his allegiance to Anfield, but after a season in which he scored 31 goals in 33 Premier League games, the European powerhouses won't be easily deterred.

Already, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has made the striker his No. 1 target, with a £70-million ($148m) fee being talked about.

Voted this season's best Premiership player by the writers and his peers, Suarez is central to Liverpool's resurgence.

Lose him, and it will be hard to see them improve on this season.

2 Convince owners to spend

Liverpool's title challenge had been helped by a lack of European action, and early exits from the two domestic cups. It was why, despite a shallow squad, they managed to stay in the title chase until the final day.

The last time the Reds won a trophy was in 2012, when Kenny Dalglish led them to a League Cup triumph. Silverware is due, and with Champions League football coming up, there is no way they can fight on so many fronts with the same squad.

Manchester City, Chelsea and even Arsenal look better-equipped than the Reds in terms of squad strength.

The Reds have built a platform that has the potential of propelling them back to the top, and they must not make the same mistake they committed in 2009 when they failed to build on their second-placed finish in 2009.

3 Find Steven Gerrard's successor

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Steven Gerrard, not Suarez, was the Reds' best player of the campaign, and the Portuguese has the backing of a healthy number of Liverpool fans.

The skipper excelled despite being switched to a deeper midfield role, and was instrumental in propelling the team forward in the second half of the season.

But Gerrard turns 34 later this month, and if he's lucky, has another couple of years left at the top level.

Considering his age, and his involvement in England's World Cup charge next month, and it is clear that the Reds risk running him into the ground next term.

Rodgers needs to find a successor for the darling of the Kop fast, maybe someone in the mould of Ross Barkley or Aaron Ramsey.

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