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This is the big one. A failure from Rodgers and Fenway Sports Group to add at least one player here could well condemn the Reds to the mid-table position they currently find themselves in.
The trouble is that two of the men they’d want to fill the problem position don’t want to play there, with both Theo Walcott and Daniel Sturridge apparently seeing themselves as centre-forwards.
What is clear is that Raheem Sterling needs help out wide to avoid the risk of burnout, Suso’s development is better suited to the centre, Fabio Borini is injured, Oussama Assaidi is promising but raw, Enrique is a left-back, Downing’s confidence looks shot, and Joe Cole is still Joe Cole—however hard he tries.
What should be even clearer is that none of those players named in that paragraph can be relied upon to get you a goal—Cole’s goal at West Ham made it three between them in the Premier League this season—and it is improving Liverpool’s goal output and linking with Suarez from these areas that should absolutely be Rodgers’ No. 1 priority from the moment that Big Ben heralds the start of the New Year.
One, preferably two, of these players need to be added as soon as possible.