Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Berger: Liverpool squad lack quality


Former Liverpool player Patrik Berger believes the club must buy better players if they are to return to their former glory.

The Anfield faithful face a nervous summer, as they wait to see what new manager Brendan Rodgers has in store for the club during the next campaign. Despite delivering the League Cup trophy this season, Kenny Dalglish was dismissed by the Liverpool board for underperformance in the Premier League. Club supporters now hope Rodgers is the right man to lead the Reds back up the table.
After an eighth place finish last season, the club's worst showing in the top flight, Berger has called for the fans to be realistic about the team's title chances over the next few years.
"They are far away from challenging, nowhere near in my opinion," he said to Sky Sports.

"Hopefully I'll be wrong and they'll push the top teams for the Premier League title but I can't see it happening any time soon."
During his term in charge of Liverpool, Dalglish spent quite a bit of the club's transfer budget to bring in the likes of Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson amongst others. However, Berger believes the current crop of players are just not up to mark.
"A couple of years back they had [Fernando] Torres up front, then players like Peter Crouch and Robbie Keane in reserve, Craig Bellamy too," he stated.

"They used to have a big squad with quality players. Now they just have a big squad." 
The former Sparta Prague player did not mince his words when it came to declaring which area of the park he believed required strengthening most.
"Everywhere and in every department. Do they have a goalscorer? No, they don't. In the middle of the field Stevie G is without question the best player I ever played with but they need two top class additions alongside him," he said.

"I just think they need players, really world class players. Which at the moment, they don't have. They need at least one in every department."
Nonetheless, Berger called on everyone associated with the club to give new man Rodgers all the time and resources required to turn the team's fortunes around.
"I think you need a special type of manager to be in charge at Liverpool but I wouldn't want to judge Rodgers as I don't know too much about him and the job he is going to do," he stated.
"The board believe Rodgers is the right man for the job and I suspect they'll give him money to spend, and time. That's the key thing, time."
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