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Liverpool must wait for Jurgen Klopp to build his own side

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The so-called 'Normal One' has finally been proven to be exactly that.

Jurgen Klopp failed to transform Liverpool's miserable record against Crystal Palace and suffered his first defeat in English football on Sunday.

The nature of the defeat will leave many fans frustrated, with the decisive goal coming from a great example of how not to defend a corner. Goalscorer Scott Dann was allowed not one, but two headed attempts at goal.

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Aside from problems at set pieces, Liverpool's lack of cutting edge has been highlighted once again. Christian Benteke again failed to convince up front, leaving Philippe Coutinho as the only attacking player who consistently looks threatening. Even Adam Lallana, a man previously in good form, looked easy to defend against.

With Benteke up front, a lack of pace was really evident. Jordan Ibe aside, none of Liverpool's front six have got the pace needed to get in behind teams and help create chances.

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The loss of Raheem Sterling to Manchester City combined with Daniel Sturridge's latest injury means Klopp is short of quality attacking options with pace.

Sturridge is proving unreliable as his constant spells on the sidelines continue to cause problems at Anfield. With Benteke looking more of an impact substitute as opposed to a regular first team starter, and Divock Origi lacking form and experience, a centre-forward may be an area Klopp will target to improve in the transfer market.

The German's arrival and consistent selection of the back four and two holding midfield players has brought an improvement in Liverpool's defence, so the greater concern will be in attack.

The question remains as to who will be available in January that can improve this Liverpool team and whether Klopp will be allowed to go out and recruit these potential targets.

An interesting January lies ahead then for Liverpool. Will Klopp be able to build his own team from one window?

The new Reds boss can only really be judged once it becomes his own squad, so we shouldn't expect a quick fix.

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