Liverpool were always bound to regress after the departure of Luis Suarez, but Brendan Rodgers' men are taking longer to adjust to life without the Uruguayan than first expected. The defence still looks shaky despite the arrivals of Javi Manquillo, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno, and the attack hasn't quite clicked yet.
Rodgers brought in Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert this summer in a bid to give his attack a boost in light of Suarez's departure, but neither have found the back of the net in the Premier League yet. Both are much bigger than Suarez is, and with Daniel Sturridge out injured, there isn't the same level of dynamism in the Liverpool forward line.
With that in mind, former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes that manager Rodgers will look to sign a pacey striker in January. The Reds do have Divock Origi arriving in the summer from Lille, and having missed out on a deal for Loic Remy this summer, it seems that a player of that mould is certainly on Rodgers' mind.
"I already believe Rodgers is going to have to make a move for a fast, pacey striker during the January transfer window, especially if Sturridge is going to miss chunks of the season through injury," Lawrenson told the Liverpool Echo.
"Balotelli had a decent game but he is a big lump up front. He offers a different kind of threat. He doesn't have pace and he's never going to score 20 goals a season."