By Husmukh Kerai
The Reds’ only chance of silverware is hanging by a thread after a 2-0 defeat to Zenit in the Europa League, leaving the Anfield boss admitting his need to add men to his side.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says that he needs to bring new faces into his team to add the character which he believes they have lacked this season.
The Reds’ boss saw his side’s chances of a top-four finish all but come to an end when they lost at home to West Brom on Monday, before suffering a devastating Europa League defeat to Zenit, leaving them with only the slimmest chance of claiming silverware at the end of the season.
And Rodgers believes that the Merseyside club must recruit strong personalities in order to bolster their hopes of success next season.
“The biggest thing we need this summer is to bring in some men, some character that allows and supports the other men to see the games out,” the Northern Irishman told the Daily Mirror.
“That is the reality of it – we haven’t been good enough. In order for us to be up there consistently we need to improve in terms of our mentality.
“Technically we are very capable, tactically we have not been found wanting, the condition and intensity of their work is high so that only leaves you one thing – mentality. That is the area which needs to improve and to do that we need character.”
The Liverpool boss highlighted Jamie Carragher, who is set to retire at the end of the season, as an example of what his squad needs most.
“Look at Jamie Carragher, he is our best defender; he is 35 but we are losing that character,” he added. “That has to be replaced. I also think there are other areas of the team that need improving.
“You have to establish character, they have to be players, that is the key thing. They need that hunger to want to succeed.”