Liverpool were soundly beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at the weekend, illustrating to Brendan Rodgers that they are still falling short.
Liverpool went into the weekend's clash at the Emirates with high hopes, and left with their tails between their legs following their 2-0 defeat.
It left manager Brendan Rodgers in reflective mood, assessing that his side were still short of the Gunners' level.
"Arsenal have wonderful technicians, good mobility, Ozil is world class, Ramsey has taken his game to another level, Arteta is a good player, Cazorla joining in, Rosicky, five players who are top class technicians and we had three in there."
Clearly the manager feels that his side were two 'top class' players short of matching Arsenal, but the question is what will he do about it?
Liverpool sit in third position in the Premier League despite the defeat, level on points with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea.
There is clearly much to be positive about, and with both Manchester clubs stuttering under new managers, there is a real opportunity if Liverpool are able to run with it.
If Brendan Rodgers believes his club are just two top class players short of challenging and becoming even more competitive than they are, he needs to make a real push in January to try to acquire the sort of players who can transform his side.
It's very likely Liverpool will enter the transfer window still in touch with the Champions League places, whereas in recent seasons after poor starts it has already looked like a stretch to do so.
It is therefore essential Rodgers does everything he can to get owners FSG to commit the funds to sign the players to make a difference, and push them on.
Doing so may be speculating to accumulate, but Liverpool may just have a greater chance of success if they invest money in January, rather than next summer and wait on next season.
Will Liverpool's owners put up the funds? Which players should they target?
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