What does the new Liverpool boss need to do?

Liverpool are looking for a new manager after parting company with Brendan Rodgers on Sunday.

With Brendan Rodgers now gone, Liverpool are gearing up for an exciting new appointment that the Anfield hierarchy will hope can finally end their title famine.

But what exactly must the new man on Merseyside do to turn Liverpool from nearly men into champions?

Rodgers, of course, came within a whisker of Premier League glory two seasons ago when Liverpool finished as runners-up to Manchester City. However, the loss of a world-class talent like Luis Suarez was one that Rodgers would never truly overcome.

With Steven Gerrard's influence on the wane after his slip inadvertently cost Liverpool their title chances on that infamous April afternoon against Chelsea, Rodgers endured a torrid campaign last time around amid uncertainty over Raheem Sterling's future, Gerrard's impending departure and trying to fill the gaping hole left by Suarez.

It was a bridge too far and, looking back on the end of the Rodgers era, it was the shift away from what had brought him so close to success that ultimately failed the former Swansea manager.

With Suarez at their core, Liverpool had become a dynamic, fast-paced, attacking team. During the 16-match unbeaten run that propelled them to the Premier League summit, Liverpool fine-tuned the brilliant attacking game-plan Rodgers had created.

In his second season, Rodgers' Liverpool scored three or more goals in an amazing 22 of 38 Premier League games. So it is no surprise to see the club's powerbrokers setting their sights on former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp.

Under Klopp, the Bundesliga side became one of Europe's most potent attacking forces, renowned for their effective, exciting brand of football.

Arguably, summer recruits like Christian Benteke and James Milner fly in the face of what Liverpool needed to bring in to recapture the success of the Suarez-era.

The new Liverpool manager has got a solid foundation with which to begin his process nonetheless.

Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Philippe Coutinho, Jordon Ibe, Adam Lallana, Jordan Henderson and Emre Can are the type of players that Liverpool need to get back to the formula which so nearly brought success under Rodgers.

It is much too early in their Anfield careers to cast judgement on either Benteke or Roberto Firmino but, at 24 years of age, both players are at the right age to have their development shaped by the next Liverpool manager ahead of the peak years of their careers.

While goals are the currency that so nearly paid out handsomely for Liverpool, the new manager must also address some worrying defensive issues. The Reds have been shaky for some considerable time, with Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho unconvincing at the back.

This season, Liverpool had lost the balance in their play under Rodgers. Clean sheets in each of their first three Premier League games were written off against the fact they have managed multiple goals in only one of eight league games to date.

Essentially, Liverpool have fallen between two stools and in the final acts of Rodgers' time in charge his team lacked a clear identity.

The new Liverpool manager will have to decide whether or not to go down the daring route that came within inches of glory for his predecessor or adopt a more pragmatic approach.

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