It is no secret Liverpool need to spend in the January transfer window. The Reds look to have many of the tools they will need to be successful in the long run.
However, they appear to be lacking several additional top quality players to pull the group together.
The club needs another striker and reinforcements for the front line, additionally the creative midfield and wide areas could use a little help.
With the January transfer window only a month and a half away, it is time to start weeding out the players that look like the best fit and those that do not as the speculation for the Reds' winter spending truly begins.
Although he has been a strong goal scorer at times, Aston Villa striker Darren Bent is not an ideal signing for Brendan Rodgers.
Bent is creeping towards the 30-year-old mark and is not an ideal new signing for the club.
The addition of Fernando Llorente would seem a great thing as first. However, he would be just like another Andy Carroll in the squad. Too much height to play into Rodgers's "on the floor" style would see Llorente left out even more so than no.
Although in many ways it would be a dream to sign a player of David Villa's class from Barcelona; the Spaniard is another player headed into what would likely be the final contract years of his career.
The Reds are in need of young talent to grow into Rodgers's system and help return the club to a dynasty.
Schalke 04's Lewis Holtby has been linked with the club a number of times in recent weeks.
However, as if his reported allegiance to Everton is not enough to warn the Reds off his signing, Holtby would best be suited in the same attacking role as Steven Gerrard or Jonjo Shelvey, and the club are currently in need of players in more places aside from that one.
Celtic striker Gary Hooper could be a decent goal scoring addition, but in the long run he does not truly appear the type of player that is going to be part of Liverpool once again reaching the Champions League or fighting for the English title.
The young Brazilian could be headed to England in the coming transfer window, and with the Reds supposedly ready to splash the cash, a little dropped on Brazil's next hottest export could be just the ticket.
Arsenal outcast Theo Walcott would be a blessing for Liverpool. Not only would he provide a major boost in speed to the attack, but also the addition of another player that can score goals from the wing or through the middle.