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Liverpool: Where can they improve in January?

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Brendan Rodgers has already had a busy time in bringing in players to the club, as well as letting them go. But having brought in stars in near enough every position, just where do Liverpool need additions, or even replacements?

With Daniel Sturridge firing high, and Luis Suarez returning after suspension, Liverpool's attacking line seems pretty much sorted. Philipe Coutinho is currently injured, but will surely return to the Reds' starting line-up once fit. That leaves no space for new loanee Victor Moses, despite an impressive start for Liverpool. That said, new boy Iago Aspas will also see a lot more of the bench, accompanied by the likes of Raheem Sterling, Luis Alberto and Jordan Ibe. The fact that Liverpool hardly need another attacker speaks for itself.

Now given the newly introduced formation of 3-4-3, it would seem that bringing in four defenders wasn't such a drastic development after all. Rodgers' side have already used the formation twice; they were unfortunate to lose to Manchester United 1-0 in the Capital One Cup recently, showing a solid defensive display and promising signs of creativity in the final third. The second occasion was their latest victory at the Stadium of Light. It ended 3-1, with another solid display at the back, and exciting signs of a quality partnership between Liverpool's 'SAS' Suarez and Sturridge.

Such a formation will include three central defenders and two wing-backs. This will more than likely involve Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson upon return from injury. This leaves the likes of fan-favourite Daniel Agger, Tiago Ilori, Martin Kelly, Andre Wisdom and Aly Cissokho out of the starting eleven. For me, the defence is pretty much sorted.

As for midfield, the new formation gives Liverpool two central midfielders, with roles that include both defending and playmaking. Lucas Leiva and Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard are perfect for this role, and will see themselves starting whenever they are fit. This means that despite finding his feet, Jordan Henderson might find his place lost, accompanied by the so far unused Joe Allen.

Now this is an area I feel Brendan might be looking to strengthen. Another holding midfield type of player will be perfect for the Reds, and with Gerrard not getting any younger, fans will be hoping his predecessor will finally be found. Aside from this, strength and height is one thing Liverpool lack upfront, but a powerhouse in the midfield is what they will be wanting.

Nobody ever knows what's going to happen simply until is happens, whether it be the arrival of an unknown future legend, or the return of a legend from the past. We all know that the fans dream of the return of Xabi Alonso, and rumours of former star Javier Mascherano have once again risen, but like I said, nobody ever knows what's going to happen until it does.

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