Liverpool are a club of great history and of even greater potential. Brendan Rodgers' side have, for the first time in years, built a legitimate chance at a Champions League run this season.
However, injuries and lack of depth have prevented his side from reaching a top-four spot heading into their match with Stoke City on January 12.
With the January transfer window in full swing, what is missing from the side that the Reds can hope to bring in before February hits?
It becomes obvious when looking at the squad today exactly what the problem is - it's their depth. Brendan Rodgers and Kenny Dalglish have combined over their managerial terms at Liverpool to bring in many of the signings that today call the Reds starting 11 home - from Luis Suarez to Mamadou Sakho.
The first 11 in Liverpool's squad when they are all fit is absolutely sublime, they have created a team that strongly suits the style of play that Rodgers adores and that is the reason that they have had such success this season.
However, the one thing that Rodgers and Dalglish haven't done is bring secured depth to the squad. Substitutes and reserves for the Reds have been flowing in and out rather consistently over the past few years, with players not shining and being sold after being purchased for incredible sums of money.
Of course, the obvious example that springs to mind when such a scenario is brought up is the purchase of Andy Carroll, sold for nearly half of what Liverpool purchased him for having played a less than outstanding amount of matches for the Reds before his departure.
Now, with injuries to key men like Daniel Sturridge, Sakho, Jose Enrique, Joe Allen, and Steven Gerrard (who looks likely to be back after his return to play against Hull City), the depth of Liverpool's squad is truly being tested. Once any of the players in the starting XI are injured, or are out for any reason, Rodgers must begin to sweat.
Yes, the Reds do indeed have great substitutes, players like Allen, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling (who is making his mark lately), Iago Aspas, and so many more. However, these players still do not fit into the criteria of Champions League players.
Worse yet, as soon as one of the subs or starters are absent, a reserve player is brought up, a scenario that Liverpool cannot afford in most positions.
Liverpool fans will find reassurance in the positions of right-back, central-midfield, and indeed centre-forward, the three positions that the Reds do indeed carry depth in. However, outside of these positions, the squad begins to look a bit thin.
The majority of fans will be calling for depth during this window, depth that could see Liverpool F.C. into Europe next season.
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