Liverpool is desperate to bring in any sort of offensive firepower after their woeful start to the Premier League season, which is why they must close the Daniel Sturridge deal before the two sides fall out of contact with each other.
According to Dominic King of The Daily Mail, the Sturridge-to-Liverpool move seemed imminent after they agreed on the £12 million fee, but talks have hit a snag with a dispute over agent fees.
No matter how far away the Reds are from making this deal official, they need to pick up the slack and find a way to make it happen. This season may be a lost cause as far as competing for a title or Champions League spot, but there are still plenty of games that Sturridge can help Liverpool win.
A quick glance at Liverpool's stats, and the problem rears its ugly head. Luis Suarez is having a magnificent season with 10 goals, but the only other player who has more than one goal is Steven Gerrard, who has two (per ESPN FC).
This is simply not a winning formula. Rodgers and the Liverpool management must act quickly to find someone who can help Suarez score goals. You can't win games with one player.
They're addressing the problem by courting Sturridge, but the latest wrinkle in the deal due to something as minuscule as an agent fee is ridiculous.
It's obvious that the current roster that Brendan Rodgers is working with is not up to par. It's hard to imagine a scenario where this Liverpool team will finish in the top half of the league without Sturridge, and that's simply sad for a club that is so rich in tradition.
While nobody expected Liverpool to light it up, this is a huge disappointment.
Signing a player of Sturridge's potential for the price tag he's going for is a slight bargain, so they should be able to afford to cough up a couple more Euros for the agent fee.
If they allow a snag like this to bring the whole deal down, expect even rougher times ahead at Anfield.