The last two matches for Liverpool have exposed cracks in the Reds' attacking arsenal which Luis Suarez had covered up earlier in the season.
With Liverpool's main supply of goals suspended, further alarming deficiencies in Kenny Dalglish's team have come to the fore. Those being Liverpool's complete lack of creativity, both in midfield and in attack.
While Suarez was playing, there was always that air of the unexpected; that he could turn a game with a sublime piece of skill, without him, the Reds are no more than a workmanlike team that is struggling to breakdown opponents.
Dalglish sent out a team against Bolton that consisted of Maxi, Charlie Adam, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson making up the midfield quartet. Hardly the most inspiring, eye-catching or creative bunch.
Sure Adam and Gerrard have their moments of sending wonderful cross field balls, but neither is capable of threading a final killer ball into the path of a striker. Gerrard could, more so than Adam, but rarely has since the departure of Fernando Torres.
The Reds have become a team that lacks a spark in attack—they have become predictable and boring.
Where is the attacking midfielder that scores from late runs into the box, that has a rocket shot and shoots from outside the box and that possess the vision and skill to play that final pass? Where? Well actually the Reds have none. And that is where the problem lies.
The acquisitions made in the transfer windows so far—Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing—have all failed to provide this spark.
Henderson is a hardworking central midfielder that Dalglish seems intent on playing on the right side of midfield. His almost complete ineffectiveness in that position and far more productiveness in his occasion central roles, seems to suggest the Liverpool manager is getting his deployment of Henderson all wrong.
The lack of an attacking midfielder could be remedied by the arrival on loan of the 27-year-old Serbian central or wide midfielder Milos Krasic. The Serb was hot property and signed by Italian giants Juventus in 2010 but has recently fallen out of favour.
What makes Krasic all the more attractive is that his preferred position is out wide on the right, the very position that Dalglish currently plays Henderson in.
Liverpool enter a critical period in their season and Dalglish a crucial period in his latest tenure as Reds manager and he badly needs an injection of creativity into his empty creative resource box.
Krasic, with his speed, mazy runs and dribbling skills could be just what the Reds and Dalglish need to push for European football success next season, something that Dalglish may desperately need in order to maintain his position at the helm of the Liverpool ship.