With the January transfer window opening up shortly now would be the perfect time to assess what business the top five placed Premier League sides might seek to do come 1st January 2014.

Liverpool

So far Liverpool's squad has dealt with injuries to Gerrard and Sturridge with little difficulty - in large part down to the heroics of Luis Suarez. A look down at the Anfield squad list reveals a bare looking cupboard.

Up front the only first team backup remaining is the hit and miss Iago Aspas. Similarly, one more injury in midfield and Liverpool will be fielding untried youngsters in the crucial central midfield position.

Brendan Rodgers needs some bodies up front and in central midfield to ensure that Liverpool's title challenge does not falter. With Liverpool being linked to defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila and FC Basel attacker Mohammed Salah it looks like plans are underway to strength in January.

Man City

The title may be Manchester City's to lose but if there is one weakness that will help them do just this it is the central defensive options open to Manuel Pelligrini.

Vincent Kompany maybe a 'top, top' player but when he is lining up next to the likes of Demichelis, Lescott or Nastasic there is only so much the captain can do.

With Manchester City's petrol infused bank balance there is no central defender that is
potentially out of their grasp. A move for someone like Mehdi Benatia at Roma or Mateo Musacchio from Villareal would make sense.

Arsenal

In many ways Arsenal have similar problems to Liverpool in that their squad is looking bare in certain areas.

Whilst the midfield is well stocked Arsenal need a genuine number nine to provide cover for Giroud.

Equally central defence suffers from lack of depth. Arsenal only have Vermaelen, Mertesacker and Koscielny available with first team experience.

Whilst Isaac Hayden is hotly tipped to star in the future at the moment he is not a player Arsenal fans would like see starting in the middle of a title challenge. A fourth central defender is a must .

Everton

Perhaps the surprise package of the season, The Toffees find themselves bang in the fight for a Champions League place. With budgets always tight at Everton, Martinez might have to sell to buy if they want to get any business done in January.

The key will be to keep hold of players like Leighton Baines whilst selling fringe squad players like Johnny Heitinga. As far as purchasing players goes, Everton could do with some more quality up front to take some of the pressure off Lukaku and cover the gap that the injured Deulofeu has left.

Perhaps Martinez can wrangle another youngster from Barcelona.

Chelsea

In the past Jose Mourinho has enjoyed using a smaller squad in order to drill his teams in his tactical style. By this measure Chelsea do seem a little bit bloated. Players such as De Bruyne might be surplus to requirements for the remainder of this season.

Mourinho has also been pretty vocal about his desire to improve his forward options. So a removal of some of the perceived deadwood like Torres and the addition of a frontman of proven quality could be on the cards.

The rumours are that Falcao is unhappy at Monaco. It wouldn't out of the realms of possibility for Abramovich to open his wallet to sign the free scoring Colombian.

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