As the January transfer window approaches, Liverpool sit in sixth position, level on points with Arsenal and looking a couple of players short of achieving their ambition for this season of a top-four finish. A look at the current squad makes it clear that Liverpool need to strengthen in a few positions in the near future.
Obviously, there are no issues with the goalkeeper. Pepe Reina is one of the world's best keepers and Liverpool are blessed with a number of high-quality, young goalkeepers within their ranks. Given Reina's age and the quality of the back-ups, Liverpool shouldn't need to strengthen in that position for a minimum of six years.
Defensively, there's nobody better this season than Liverpool who are reaping the rewards of having a fully fit Daniel Agger in their ranks. There's no problems at the back for the Reds who not only have the starting defenders to maintain this level of play for a long time to come, but the reserves and young players at Kenny Dalglish's disposal are also of the highest quality.
There are questions to be answered with regards to the midfield, with the defensive midfield role desperately needing to be filled in January or at the latest next summer if Liverpool really want to have long-term aspirations of Premier League glory. In an ideal world, it's a position that will be addressed in January because a top-class defensive midfielder who can dictate a game could make all the difference in the push for the top four.
The more creative central midfield role, currently filled by Charlie Adam, also needs to be addressed, but that's likely the position Jordan Henderson will occupy long term so there are no issues there as long as Henderson gets the position on a full-time basis in the near future.
The wide positions are not of immediate importance, although it's clear that Liverpool will need to sign at least one top-class winger in the next year or so, specifically one that is naturally creative.
The most pressing issue heading into the transfer window is finding a partner for Luis Suarez so that the Uruguayan genius does not have to continue to carry the attacking threat by himself.
In the past couple of months, Liverpool have been linked with a number of strikers, including Suarez's international teammate Edinson Cavani of Napoli and the Argentine Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid.
In this article I'll take a look at seven potential strike partners for Luis Suarez. Given the likely price tags of close to £40 million for both Higuain and Cavani, I won't be including them as I don't see Liverpool spending more than £25 million per striker if and when they do dip in to the transfer market.
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