Liverpool have three big, obvious holes in their current 11 which need to be addressed sooner rather than later. There is simply no question about that.
They must add a striker to partner Luis Suarez. Andy Carroll is simply not a good partner for Suarez, and the two do not mesh on the field at all. They are incompatible, and it is my opinion that Kenny Dalglish, who has dropped Carroll on a number of occasions and only played him along with Suarez a handful of times, knows this.
They should be looking to add a striker within the next week or two, so that the loss of Suarez is not felt too badly while he serves the remaining seven games of his ban. It is important that this striker is a goalscorer, someone to whom scoring goals is second nature.
There is an enormous need for a defensive midfielder. This has been the case since Javier Mascherano left. Whilst Lucas Leiva did an admirable job over the last 18 months, he is not a player of the highest caliber, which is what Liverpool need in that role. A truly top-class defensive midfield can take over a game and dominate it; Lucas cannot do that, and his replacement, Jay Spearing, can't even dream of it.
Manchester City brushed aside Liverpool's midfield at times, and the rampaging Yaya Toure highlighted Liverpool's need for a top-class defensive midfielder.
A creative attacking wide player is also a huge need. Against City, Liverpool had long spells of possession, but the lack of quality and creativity, even after Gerrard and Bellamy came on, was quite astounding. Liverpool too often look clueless in attack, and there seems to be an attitude of "give it to Suarez and hope that he can do something."
Without Suarez last night, Liverpool were hopeless going forward.
Even with Suarez, the attack has been poor this season. It is an embarrassing fact that of the bottom three in the Premier League, only Wigan have scored less goals than Liverpool. Suarez has come under criticism for his lack of clinical finishing, but one must remember that he is expected to carry both the creative and clinical load for Liverpool.
Never have I seen a striker having to create so many chances for both himself and his teammates.
He needs help, and he needs it quick.