It doesn’t take someone working in the field of astrophysics to decipher where Liverpool have thrown away the Premier League title.
In the history of the Premier League, only Chelsea’s total of 103 goals in the 2009/10 campaign trumps Liverpool’s 99 this season and Brendan Rodgers’ side still have Newcastle to visit Anfield.
It is 4/25 that Liverpool beat Newcastle to keep alive any slim hopes of being crowned Premier League champions for the first time.
However, history indicates that being the top-flight’s top scorers does not guarantee the title, as half of the last 12 champions had watched opposition rustle the back of the net on more occasions.
In two instances, the Premier League’s highest scorers could only manage fourth.
It has at the other end of the pitch where Liverpool have failed to live up to the tag of title winners, already shipping 49 goals this season.
No champions previously have conceded more than 46 en route to the title.
Therefore, even though Simon Mignolet, Glen Johnson, Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho have cost over £50m between them, Liverpool may have to delve into the transfer market this summer for further defensive reinforcements and these three linked players could prove shrewd purchases.
One criticism of Liverpool is that they have lacked defensive leadership and as the captain of Cardiff, this is something that Caulker should bring to Anfield.
Given that Cardiff’s relegation is now confirmed, Caulker should be available in the summer and while he is as adept as Sakho and Skrtel for making clearances, he brings a greater ability to block shots.
With two seasons of regular Premier League experience on his resume at the age of 22, Caulker would additionally bring knowledge of the division and a potential to further improve.
Versatility is the key feature of Rojo, as he plays in central defence for Sporting Lisbon and as the starting left-back for the Argentine national team.
He is potentially Sporting’s most improved player of the season and interest from Barcelona shows how highly regarded he is.
Rojo may need to tone down his aggressiveness though, having racked up 18 yellow cards and been sent off four times across the last two campaigns.
Steven Gerrard may have reached double figures for goals and assists this season, but there remain concerns that he doesn’t offer enough defensive protection from the deepest midfield role. More can be read on this here.
Onazi would reportedly jump at the chance to move to Anfield, with the 21-year-old having a solid campaign at Lazio, where he is yet to make a single defensive error.