Kenny Dalglish recently stated that Liverpool will have to sell before they can buy any more players. Having splashed out in the region of £50 million on new talent already this summer, this isn't surprising; Fenway Sports Group will want to keep the club on a stable financial footing and increasingly stringent UEFA financial fair-play rules will prevent spending from being too lavish in future years.
With just one month remaining in which to do business, Dalglish will have to move players on and replace them relatively quickly if he has further aspirations to remodel his squad.
With question marks remaining over the futures of Raul Meireles, Alberto Aquilani, David N'Gog and others, there could still be money to invest before the transfer window closes on August 31st.
Some areas of the squad do obviously need attention. Two untested teenagers in Jack Robinson and John Flanagan were playing at right and left back toward the end of last season, hinting at a need for more competition for those places, but there is scope for improvement even outside these problem positions.
Here are five positions Liverpool need to fill in order to deliver an improved performance in the Premier League next season.