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Are these the areas Liverpool need to strengthen in January?

Ex-defender Mark Lawrenson highlighted three areas in his column for a local paper.

For much of the season so far, the depth of Liverpool’s squad has been closely scrutinised. What would happen if key players got injured and what areas of the side need urgently addressing?

Mark Lawrenson offered his opinion in his column for the Liverpool Post saying: ‘I still think Liverpool need a central midfielder, a striker and a left-back in January.

‘Daniel Sturridge is out for a while, and Suarez can’t keep playing like this, can he?

‘Liverpool don’t want to jeopardise their good position by not being proactive in January. They could be able to prise a striker out of somewhere, especially if they continue to stay up near the top.

‘Henrik Larsson went to Manchester United for a few months back in 2007, and Liverpool could do with someone like him.’

Realistically, on the striker front, you are going to want someone who both has confidence and ability to come into a squad with the intention of performing so well he can keep one of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge out of the side. Given the way Suarez is playing that seems impossible, and though Sturridge is currently injured his goal record speaks for itself. Someone of the ilk and the age Larsson was at the time when he moved to Old Trafford could in fact be a shrewd move.

Though some could argue in the long-term, if Fabio Borini performs well for the rest of the season at Sunderland, that problem could be addressed with him returning to the squad.

The pursuit of Barcelona’s Martin Montoya has shown that Liverpool have the desire to land a full-back. With Jose Enrique out injured, and Martin Kelly still gradually getting himself back to full fitness are lengthy injury layoff the need for at least a covering full-back is there. Aly Cissokho appears out of favour and although Jon Flanagan has been impressive he can’t be expected to keep up this standard of performance week in, week out – and Liverpool do look a little short without Glen Johnson in the side.

In central midfield Liverpool have at least five players that can play in the middle with in some capacity. Though there have been occasions that Liverpool have lacked bite without Lucas, though Joe Allen seems to be showing that he doesn’t mind doing the dirty work of late – which may be problem solved. That could be the less urgent of the positions, but you are never going to say no if a midfielder who is prepared to get stuck in and has their uses going forward.

They’re three areas that certainly need looking at, plus one wide player to strengthen things. Liverpool may be short on numbers, but not quality if performances of late are anything to go by. Given the rhetoric we hear from Rodgers, it’s not a question of numbers a question of quality.

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