Liverpool striker Christian Benteke is suffering from a genuine lack of width at the club.
During the Reds’ recent 4-1 victory at Manchester City the team shape, and predominantly the front three of Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, was heavily praised by the media.
The trio were narrow, provided darting runs in behind City’s defence and applied an abundance of pressure off the ball, resulting in Jurgen Klopp’s finest victory as Reds boss to date.
But the big question after the game revolved around Christian Benteke and how he fits in to the system.
Liverpool spent big on the former Aston Villa striker in the summer, and they knew what they were getting – a quick, powerful striker whose aerial dominance is unmatched at Premier League level.
The Belgium international, however, has struggled to really get going on Merseyside and it’s evident how the club’s genuine lack of quality wide men is seriously hindering his performances.
One can only wonder why the Reds didn’t buy a wide player in the summer, especially somebody in the mould of Yevhen Konoplyanka, who instead joined Sevilla on a free transfer.
To get the best out of Benteke, a player which cost the Anfield outfit £32.5 million as they activated his release clause - as covered by the BBC - they need a bigger threat from wide areas and more crosses into the box
And one potential player who perfectly fits the bill is Real Madrid outcast Denis Cheryshev.
The Russia international has been linked with the Reds before, and a recent report in the Metro claims Jurgen Klopp’s side could actually seek a deal for him in January.
The 24-year-old was superb during a loan spell at Villarreal last season, scoring four goals and adding an impressive nine assists in just 18 La Liga starts.
Since returning to Madrid last summer, he has made just two La Liga substitute appearances and breaking into the team ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Isco is proving an impossible task.
With Cheryshev out of favour, a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu is a likely scenario and Liverpool would be mad not to seek a deal, even if it was an initial loan until the end of the campaign.
Klopp won’t be able to play that successful narrow three every game, especially at Anfield where teams will be compact themselves. A new winger must be at the top of his January shopping list.