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Liverpool still lack quality depth in attack

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All appeared rosy for Liverpool up until around an hour into their game at Swansea.

They were on course to maintain their 100% record in the Premier League, their summer transfer business looked sound and the football being played was exactly how manager Brendan Rodgers would like it.

However, maybe the wind changed because by the end of Monday there was a chilling breeze of worry and concern.

Philippe Coutinho had gone down and hurt his shoulder.

Ok, maybe at that point things were still alright, they could call upon their first summer signing, Iago Aspas to carry on the Brazilian's good work.

But soon after, The Swans went on the charge, the defence looked shaky, the crisp passing disappeared. It was all a bit ragged.

Jonjo Shelvey was no longer helping out his former side and the visitors were on the back foot.

The Reds struggled to get out of their half, Raheem Sterling came on and looked weak, Aspas the same.

In the end, Liverpool were lucky to escape with a draw.

It confirmed my fears about Liverpool that i've held for a while, they aren't capable of playing ugly.

To be fair, with Coutinho on the field they didn't need to play ugly, while he hasn't been as lively as the closing months of last season, he looked a class act, linking together the whole team.

Aspas is nowhere near as good a player as Coutinho and had nowhere near the same effect.

What Liverpool probably needed at that point was a target man, Andy Carroll anyone? Somebody that could hold up the play and bring the likes of Aspas, Victor Moses, Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson into play whilst facing goals.

With Swansea's impressive pressing play they penned in Liverpool who were trying to build from the back.

The creative Reds players were receiving the ball, backs to goal, in their own half and nobody was able to stir things up like Coutinho.

So now they have a problem with Coutinho out until late October.

The players to come in at the moment are similar types of player but not as good. They could really do with someone to put themselves about in the middle.

Do they move Henderson across or push Steve Gerrard up?- probably not because they are trying to gain a settled side, and neither naturally play that role in behind the striker.

What it says to me is that there is still a lack of offensive strength in depth, it's certainly less of a problem compared to last year, but it's a problem nonetheless.

Of course by November, Luis Suarez will be back, as will Coutinho, but what is patently obvious to me is that they are never more than two absentees away from a problem.

The more defensive of Liverpool fans will point out that they cannot be considered to have a problem when they are top, which is a fair point.

However, it's also a fair point to say that Coutinho will be missed.

The next few weeks will be interesting, can they maintain their run, or will the results start causing a slide down the table? 

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