Liverpool, backed by new owners, the Fenway Sports Group, spent more than £55 million this summer recruiting the players necessary to get themselves back in the Champions League after poor sixth and seventh place finishes in the English Premier League 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons, respectively.
With Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Craig Bellamy, Jose Enrique and Sebastien Coates all signed this summer, it was hoped manager Kenny Dalglish would be amply equipped with the tools to lead Liverpool to success.
However, things have not panned out as well as Liverpool fans had hoped.
Though Liverpool currently sit in sixth place in the EPL with only two losses, they have not looked like a dominant force in any of their games, and have had to rely on the brilliance of Luis Suarez to win almost all their games.
Henderson, Adam and Downing—the three most expensive Liverpool signings of the summer—have shown inconsistent form, and Henderson especially has lived up to neither the hype nor price tag he commanded this summer.
Andy Carroll, who also previously joined Liverpool with a massive transfer fee from Newcastle (breaking the British transfer record), has also struggled with form this season, while Steven Gerrard has seen limited play due to injury problems.
As such, Liverpool are in need of another creative influence on the field; a skilled player who can make things happen and move some of the club's dependence for creative play away from Luis Suarez.
Here are 10 such players who can take up this role.