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Liverpool must buy in January to challenge for the title

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With the focus very much on Arsenal as the surprise package of the season, it has overshadowed Liverpool's impressive start to the Premier League campajgn. After 15 games, Liverpool are second in the table with 30 points. Five points off the top, they don't look like slowing down. 

Who would have thought it? Their world-class striker, Luis Suarez, was banned for the first five matches of the season yet he is now the Premier League's top goalscorer. Simply sensational. 

However, despite their strong start, Liverpool's lack of depth could be their undoing in the following months.

With Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas failing to make any impression, Liverpool should attempt to buy one more striker. If they can get one more decent striker who could notch them an extra 10 goals and could perform in the cup competitions in particular, they'd be in a fantastic position and this would ease the pressure and reliance on Daniel Sturridge and Suarez.

In midfield, Liverpool have been surprisingly strong this season. Although despite this, they are carrying some dead weight. Joe Allen has not lived up to expectations in the red shirt and proof of this came in the Merseyside derby when he missed a glaring opportunity.

While Steven Gerrard isn't getting any younger and Jordan Henderson is yet to fulfil his potential, Brendan Rodgers may look in January or in the summer for a marquee midfield signing. 

The defensive aspect of this Liverpool side may be the most impressive part of the team. They have arguably the best goalkeeper in the Premier League and a rock solid defence. Mamadou Sakho has proven to be an intelligent signing by Rodgers as he's adjusted to the English game.

They remain questionable at left-wing back, with Aly Cissokho looking very one-dimensional being over-reliant on his left foot. However, Rodgers may have uncovered a gem in Jon Flanagan who was possibly Liverpool's man of the match against Everton. 

Also, Glen Johnson has been incredibly consistent for Liverpool this season. Going forward he's one of the best in the league, but defensively, he still raises questions.

Being an experienced player now, he still looks fragile whilst being ran at and is out of position far too much if Liverpool are to contend this season. With Martin Kelly still young, an experienced and solid right-back could really make this defence even more solid.

This is a good Liverpool side, but they could really contest for the Premier League title this season if they splash the cash in January and reinforce where needed. 

Possible Targets:

Micah Richards - Manchester City

Fabio Coentrao - Real Madrid

Yann M'Vila - Rubin Kazan

Ivan Rakitic - Sevilla

Ryan Bertrand - Chelsea

Giuseppe Rossi - Fiorentina

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