The manager reflects on his first season in charge at Anfield.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits that his side have lacked consistency during his first season at Anfield and that the problem will change next campaign.
Rodgers has guided the Reds to seventh in the Premier League – one place higher than Kenny Dalglish managed in 2011/12 – and he believes his debut season has been a learning curve that will lead to improvement in the future.
Liverpool are set to finish one place behind city rivals Everton for the second season running and are 11 points off the Champions League places; a competition they haven’t qualified for since 2009.
Yet Rodgers is confident that he can bring the consistency that is required at the five-time European champions.
“This year has provided a great learning curve for me and I look back and see that it was learning that I needed,” the 40-year-old was quoted in the Guardian.
“But I’ve seen enough and if we improve our mentality in the summer – by signing players who have that consistent winning mentality – we can then improve again.
“They might not always be the best players but what we need in the second year of this project is to find a great level of consistency.”
Although it hasn’t been the entirely successful year that Liverpool fans desire there have been signs of improvement at the club, particularly since the signing of forward Daniel Sturridge in January.
Sturridge has scored 11 goals in 15 appearances for his new side and his arrival has eased the ever-growing reliance on usual goal-scorer Luis Suarez.
If Rodgers can have as much success in the summer transfer market as he has with his young England international then a top four finish might not be that unrealistic.