Liverpool spent big in 2011 in an attempt to reverse the terrible slide they endured during the previous year. New owners Fenway Sports Group sanctioned over £100 million-worth of transfers, although a large part of that was offset by the £50 million sale of Fernando Torres to Chelsea.
For that money, the club bought a whole new midfield and two strikers in the form of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll. While the squad also boasts attacking options Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy, Suarez is the only one you could genuinely call a world-class forward.
Carroll's vastly inflated fee was largely based upon his potential, Kuyt is industrious and effective but lacks the ability to change a game and Bellamy is surely a solution only in the short term.
As such, there is certainly a vacancy in the Anfield roster for top-drawer striker, or at least a young player who can become world class on Merseyside.
Aside from the usual wishlist of established world stars, who else could Liverpool set their sights on in a bid to make sure they are best prepared for their planned return to the top competition in European football?