The first half of Liverpool’s Premier League campaign has exceeded the expectations of both the club and fans, with progress being made rapidly. However, there are still areas to improve in the January transfer window.
Brendan Rodgers’ side have almost shown Championship winning form in their opening 18 games of the season, accumulating 36 points.
The quick-thinking mathematicians reading this may conclude that Liverpool are on course to finish with around 76 points, still somewhat shy of the 80-plus needed to win the English top flight.
However, Liverpool must do what their rivals do and reinforce in the January transfer window, if they are to continue the good form they have shown so far.
Furthermore, the Reds have been caught short in the personnel department with a series of unfortunate absences.
Injuries, in particular, to Glen Johnson, Jose Enrique, Aly Cissokho and Philippe Coutinho have shown Liverpool to be somewhat thin in the backup department.
Whilst this has allowed the likes of Jon Flanagan, Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling to develop, strengthening of the match day squad is essential this winter.
In searching for replacements, Rodgers must keep in mind how fit the candidates are for integration into the team spirit he has so expertly created at Liverpool.
There are three key areas of the team Rodgers could look to improve on: left-back, central midfield and up front.