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Liverpool are gearing up for a pivotal 2021/22 campaign in which they will bid to reclaim the Premier League title from Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp's men put up a feeble defence of their crown last season, instead being forced to scrap it out for a place in the top four after suffering a nightmare run of six straight home defeats early in 2021.
They at least managed to pip Chelsea and Leicester to third place, meaning Champions League qualification was sealed.
But, one year on from the night they lifted the Premier League trophy, what do the Reds need to fix to become champions again next season? We've picked out four issues that Klopp and Anfield chiefs must address.
While a lot was made of their defensive injury crisis, Liverpool's biggest problem last season wasn't keeping goals out – it was scoring them.
The Merseyside club only bagged a total of 68 goals, which was down 17 on their title-winning campaign the year before, and throughout their torrid run of six home losses they only scored one goal.
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Roberto Firmino's tally of nine goals simply wasn't enough, so Klopp should be looking to bring in another centre-forward this summer to provide competition for the Brazilian upfront.
He is also lacking in sufficient options out wide, with Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino not consistent enough, meaning another winger may also be necessary to freshen up the attack.
Liverpool are still yet to find a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum, who departed the club on a free transfer this summer and joined Paris St-Germain.
Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez and Lyon's Houssem Aouar have been linked with moves to Anfield, while Leicester's Youri Tielemans is believed to be a target.
Klopp will be hoping to strengthen in the middle of the park sooner rather than later so that any new recruit has enough time to settle in before the new season.
A number of important Liverpool stars recently entered the final two years of their current contracts, which needs to be addressed to avoid the possibility of their heads being turned.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and captain Jordan Henderson are all set to become free agents in the summer of 2023.
According to The Athletic, Klopp has been reassured that Salah, Mane, Van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson, who has three years remaining on his deal, will soon be offered new deals.
But there remains doubt over the future of Henderson, who will be keen to agree new terms and focus on finishing his career at Anfield.
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Liverpool's home woes explained why they fell so drastically out of the title picture last season.
Their 1-0 defeat against Burnley on 21 January marked the start of a nightmare sequence of results, with further losses then coming against Brighton, City, Everton, Chelsea and Fulham.
If they want to lift the title again next season, Klopp needs to try and ensure Anfield becomes a fortress once more, having avoided defeat at home for almost four years before the slip-up against Burnley.
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- Jurgen Klopp
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- Virgil van Dijk
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