Liverpool need more punch, Brendan Rodgers says after draw with Everton

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 May, 2013, 5:06am


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers feels his side need to add "one or two" attacking players in the close season after failing to unlock Everton's defence in a 0-0 draw with their Merseyside rivals.

Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger all missed good chances for the hosts, who are now almost certain to finish below their neighbours in the Premier League, as they trail them by five points with two games to go.

"We need to find one or two players to help make the difference in games like that," said Rodgers. "We have had a lot of draws now this season [13] and we need to find a solution for that.

"We were not at our best against Everton, but you have to make sure you're competitive. We have kept another clean sheet, which is 15 now for the season," the Reds boss added. "You need to be strong defensively as well as attacking. We have scored a lot of goals this year, but we need to improve against teams who defend and sit back." While the point effectively ensures Everton will finish above Liverpool for the second successive season, it also means that their Europa League hopes are probably over as they trail fifth-place Tottenham Hotspur by five points, having played a game more. Everton manager David Moyes said he saw no consolation in Everton getting one over their local rivals.

"The only thing that does matter for us is the European picture, because we are trying to get back among the bigger boys and play on that stage as regularly as we can," he said. "I don't take comfort in finishing above Liverpool. For me, it is about qualifying for Europe. That would be my main objective."