Outgoing Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has urged the club to spend big over the summer or run the risk of losing touch with its Premier League rivals.
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Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for next seasons’ Champions League ended last night following its 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with Manchester United six points ahead with a much superior goal difference.
The Reds look destined for Europa League football next season, and Gerrard says the club must dig deep into its coffers to keep in touch with the top sides.
“It’s important the lads get some rest after these last couple of games and the owners dig deep and help Brendan and the lads out and try and make some additions,” Gerrard is quoted as saying by Sunday Express.
“There is a great core of players here, with terrific potential, and the future is looking alright. But it is important that you try and compete with the giant clubs in the league because they are all going to spend big.
“We found that out this year. We lost Luis Suarez, we haven’t had Daniel Sturridge available and it’s been pretty tough.
“You finish in the league how you perform over 38 games and this year we have just come up a bit short.”
Rodgers agreed with Gerrard, saying the club’s owners had to give him the ammunition required to mount a challenge for the title next season.
“We sit in fifth place and that’s probably where we’re at. If we want to make the next steps, we need to find some acquisitions in the summer to help us do that,” he said.
Gerrard will leave the Reds at the end of the season to join Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy.
The 34-year-old has made 501 league appearances since making his debut for the club in 1998.