With the January transfer window now only a couple of weeks away, Premier League managers are busy working away on prospective mid-season deals, in an attempt to find the missing piece of the jigsaw and strengthen their squads for the second half of the 2014/15 campaign.
Louis van Gaal was reminded of Manchester United's need for defensive reinforcements after watching his side's six-game winning run ended following yesterday's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Christian Benteke's goal - which gave the hosts the lead - was well-taken, but could've been easily avoided had the Red Devils cleared their lines a little better.
Manchester City moved level on points with leaders Chelsea after a resounding 3-0 win against Crystal Palace, which was even more impressive given their lack of striker options, which prompted James Milner to be deployed in a 'false nine' position.
Manuel Pellegrini will surely be concerned about the absence of any recognised centre forward, and might be tempted to re-enter the transfer market for a solution next month.
Liverpool's lack of firepower upfront has also been well-documented this term following the sale of Luis Suarez, and Brendan Rodgers will certainly be on the lookout for reinforcements, particularly while Daniel Sturridge remains sidelined.
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The Reds take on Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday, who are equally light at the opposite end of the pitch following Arsene Wenger's failure to replace Thomas Vermaelen after he followed Suarez to Barcelona during the summer.
But, despite being rather top heavy, the Gunners have enjoyed a significant upturn in form of late, and victory on Merseyside today will move them closer to the Champions League places. Still, given the number of injury problems at the Emirates at the moment - especially in midfield - don't be surprised to see one or two new faces arrive in north London in January.
And finally Chelsea, the Premier League pacesetters with only one defeat so far this season have looked so impressive that many onlookers have said they should be handed the title now. Jose Mourinho won't allow any complacency to creep in though, as they prepare for the difficult challenge of facing Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.
The Blues boss has indicated that there won't be much movement at Stamford Bridge at the turn of the year, but with a couple of senior players in talks over new contracts there could be several announcements to excite supporters in the coming weeks.
For a full round-up of the latest news and transfer rumours from Sunday's papers, click the 'Begin Slideshow' button below...
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