Stoke City’s 6-1 rout of Liverpool on the final day of the season was hardly the ideal way to finish off an inconsistent and infuriating campaign, to say the least.
The reason behind such a negative reaction was that this result was not an anomaly in the midst of a run of good form – it followed a series of poor showings against the likes of Aston Villa, West Brom, Hull City and Crystal Palace.
Had Liverpool won these eminently winnable games then they would be looking forward to Champions League football instead of early Europa League qualifiers, with the extent of the damage determined by Aston Villa’s result against Arsenal in the FA Cup final, another game the Reds could have been involved in.
Losing to Real Madrid and Chelsea is understandable – these results are not, especially as they showed a lack of reaction to the awful and destabilizing losses against Manchester United and Arsenal. Brendan Rodgers is under an awful amount of pressure, and the argument for his departure has grown immensely in recent weeks.
Nevertheless, regardless of who is in charge next season, a couple of defenders are needed, which was especially evident from the trip to the Britannia Stadium. Having already examined five full-backs who could strengthen Liverpool’s defence, thoughts now turn primarily towards addressing the centre.
[ffc-gallery]See the five defenders here.[/ffc-gallery]