Liverpool have defied the odds this season and currently find themselves second in the Premier League, only two points behind leaders Arsenal.
With Luis Suarez in fine form and the whole team playing with belief, as well as playing with a fine passing style and creating chances, it seems that the Merseyside team have finally found a winning formula. So can they challenge for the title come the end of the season?
On the face of it Liverpool have everything nailed down; world class players, a good playing style, good management and belief that they can win. But there are areas that they can improve upon.
The attacking options are varied but ultimately limited. Suarez is a world class player and is in the best form of his life, in fact he is probably the best striker in the world right now, but he needs someone to partner him up front.
The name of Daniel Sturridge immediately springs to mind and yes Sturridge is an amazing player and has done a fantastic job of partnering the Uruguayan up front, but who do Liverpool have beyond him? The answer is no one. In the summer the Reds brought in Iago Aspas in the hope he would find his shooting boots in the Premie League and be an accomplished striker for them. He didn't and he isn't.
So first order of business for Brendan Rodgers in January: find Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge a proven striker to take the pressure off of the both of them, because should one of them get injured then Liverpool will find themselves without one of their main sources of goals.
One of Liverpool's best qualities this year has been its midfield. Steven Gerrard and Philippe Coutinho the stand out names in the middle of the pitch. But although there are plenty of options in the centre of midfield, the problem has been the wingers.
At times, the services of Jordan Henderson have been employed on the left and the same with Sturridge, and then there's Victor Moses who as hardly set the Premier League on fire since his switch.
Lastly there's the defence. Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger have both been superb for the Reds at centre-back but again the problem is on the far sides of the pitch. The right-back and left-back positions have been manned quite well it must be said, but by ageing players in the form of Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson.
And, with Arsenal apparently looking to make a bid for Johnson, there may be the need to get a younger quality replacement for the England defender.
So can Liverpool win the league? Yes they certainly can. But with their opponents ready and willing to strengthen their squads come January, it will be throwing the title away if they do not address their own problems in the transfer window.
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