Even before news of attacker Fabio Borini's broken foot spread around Melwood, the need for strikers at Liverpool was dire.
With £35 million man Andy Carroll on loan at West Ham, Dani Pacheco and Luis Suarez stronger on the wing, and Adam Morgan, Jerome Sinclair and Samed Yesil all under 19, new manager Brendan Rodgers has had next to no strike options at his disposal.
However, according to the Sunday Mirror, Rodgers might find a solution in just over a week's time, when former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba sees his season with Shenhua Shanghai in the Chinese Super League end.
Drogba, who earns £250,000 a week, could be available on a short-term loan deal.
The 34-year-old Ivorian may not fit the mould of what Liverpool are looking for (young players with high sell-on values) and he may not be an ideal fit in the Brendan Rodgers system, but his ability to be an offensive talisman and produce prolifically in the Premier League is undeniable. A veteran of 226 top-flight games and 100 goals, Drogba could be just the elite goal-scorer Liverpool need.
With the Reds all but certain to sign a new striker in January—Demba Ba of Newcastle and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of Schalke have been mentioned as targets—the need for a proven striker may be solved in a matter of months. Until then, however, there remains a gaping hole up front, and the 6'2", 185-pound frame of Drogba would certainly fill it, at least temporarily.
It might be well worth Brendan Rodgers' time to do everything he can to sign Didier Drogba next week.