Liverpool's summer got off to a fast start. Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas, Kolo Toure and Simon Mignolet were all brought in early on, a clear statement of intent it appeared.
All solid additions, but lacking the star quality to break the glass ceiling of Champions League qualification. The potential addition of Henrikh Mkhitaryan would have been the marquee name to give them a lift, but he signed for Borussia Dortmund instead.
Brendan Rodgers admitted as much that the Armenian was their only 'top target', perhaps bemusingly that a club with Liverpool's resources had not identified any other top players to go after.
Since then, Liverpool have over the past month been sucked into a draining saga involving their star man, Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan wants out, and has openly admitted as such, in an attempt to force a move through to Arsenal.
The club have been adamant he is not for sale, with Brendan Rodgers, Ian Ayre and John Henry all communicating as such via the media.
With pre-season coming to a close, and the Premier League under a week away, Liverpool's 'oomph' in the transfer market has suddenly disappeared.
But Brendan Rodgers has now fortunately hinted that is to change, telling the Liverpool Daily Post:
"I don’t think there is any doubt we need that [to add to the team]. The players we have brought in have added great depth and support to the team, but that bit of quality now coming into the group could really set us up.”
Suarez should be confined to being a temporary irrelevance now. Liverpool have made their point clear, and the striker cannot play until after the transfer window closes due to suspension.
So the club should devote their focus into strengthening, rather than simply battling tooth and nail to stand still.
That is the crux of Suarez' problem after all. He wants to be playing for a Champions League club, and Liverpool are not likely to qualify next season unless they add quality.
Areas which need strengthening include the defence, the wing, left-back, and even another striker bearing in mind the long term queries over Suarez.
It's about time, that with three weeks until the transfer window closes, that Liverpool begin stepping up their aggression in the transfer market and go on the front foot instead of the back one.
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