Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has called for his club to make four or five top-quality signings to make them more competitive next season.
The 29-year-old England midfielder accepts that this term has been a major disappointment for the Reds and their fans, having come so close to an elusive Premier League title last season.
Gerrard told the Daily Mail:"There are teams that have grown significantly in recent times, like Chelsea. In addition, Manchester United have been too strong for us for many years.
"Last year we came close to beating them, but it is very difficult to overcome such a powerful team.
"Everyone knows that we must learn from this season. Some players have said we need a stronger squad and the key is to have better players and improve.
"I do not believe in profound changes or a revolution. Three or four quality players should be enough, but more quality than quantity.
"After finishing second last year we started this season with the idea of winning the league and the Champions League.
"After a series of bad results we had to change targets. Now the fans are desperate for us to win the Europa League. It's the only trophy left for us to fight for and we want to win it."