Liverpool have seemingly lined up their first transfer moves for the January window nice and early after news broke that the signings of Chelsea forward Daniel Sturridge and Blackpool winger Tom Ince were all but complete.
The Reds have been seriously lacking in final-third options this season and Brendan Rodgers looks to have identified the two players who can provide more firepower for his team, with the BBC claiming the deals could be sealed in the opening days of next month.
Sturridge has been a fringe player for Chelsea this season with Fernando Torres the preferred central striker and Juan Mata excelling in the attacker's role from the right.
Ince is a former Liverpool youth player who appeared once for the Reds in his first spell at the club before moving to Blackpool a year-and-a-half ago after his contract ran down.
The report indicates that the Reds will pay a total of around £18 million for the two, with two-thirds of that cost going on the Sturridge deal.
Times reporter Rory Smith previously indicated that the double deal was on the cards:
As I suspect most newspapers will be reporting tomorrow, #LFC should announce Sturridge+Ince in the first couple of days of Jan. Deals done.— Rory Smith (@RorySmithTimes) December 18, 2012
Here we take a look at why these two signings will benefit Liverpool and if the manager was right to identify them as future Reds.