Liverpool have been busy this summer, but two big issues still linger.
A lot of Liverpool's activity has been praised this summer, especially having managed to get six players through the door before the side reported to first team training today.
Now they have, there are a still a couple of other issues that need to be sorted out. There is still the need for them buy a striker capable of finding the net in the Premier League on a regular basis, while the saga surrounding the future of disillusioned winger Raheem Sterling still looms large.
All of the signings seem to serve a purpose, cover in the goalkeeping position, experience and pedgiree in the central midfield area, a problematic right-back position seemingly solved on paper and a desire to add more firepower and some more flare in the form of Danny Ings and Roberto Firmino respectively - though Ings isn't really seen as the man to lead the line week in, week out at this stage of his career.
Even Brendan Rodgers has sought to address the issues he felt he have with his backroom staff. As far back as January, according to the Daily Telegraph, he felt the need to have different people around him in order for both him and the side on the field to progress. That has now been confirmed by the club.
With the majority of the side reporting back to Melwood for pre-season training, it's vital that the squad is nearly finalised as soon as possible.
One only needs to look at the fixture list and look at the eye-popping first seven away games of the season - without doubt the most difficult trips out of the way early. A settled side going into the new season, where all the players the club needs available knowing each other as soon as possible can only be beneficial.
The two remaining factors that seemingly need to be addressed is for Liverpool to meet Aston Villa's valuation for Benteke, and for Manchester City to meet Liverpool's asking price for Sterling - as has been outlined on this site already.
Then there is the question of the players that are likely to leave. Some will say the pre-season is a shop window when the Reds really need to nail down the players who are going to offer something throughout the season.
The more urgent thing is to get what people would feel is final piece of the jigsaw in when it comes to signing a striker and getting rid of someone who could be a problem in Sterling. Address them and perform strongly in the pre-season then there is reason for optimism at the start of the new season.