Luis Suarez has gone, Daniel Sturridge is still injured, the Mario Balotelli gamble isn’t working, Rickie Lambert is Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini appears to have been lost down the back of a sofa at Melwood, and so Liverpool are in the midst of a goalscoring crisis.
Saturday’s goalless draw with Sunderland ensures that the Reds have scored just seven times in their eight home league matches this season, a far cry from last season’s rampant form which delivered 53 strikes in their 19 Premier League games on the way to finishing as runners-up.
With January around the corner, investment could be needed if the Reds aren’t to fall away entirely into mid-table mediocrity, but which forwards should they target? Here are five names to get fans excited:
Luiz Adriano (Shakhtar Donetsk)
A serial scorer in the Champions League, where he managed five goals in one game at BATE Borisov this season, surely it is about time that a club in one of Europe’s major leagues took a chance on Luiz Adriano?
The Brazilian has stayed put in Donetsk despite the recent troubles in the region, but at 27 and with a fearsome scoring record in the past few seasons, he wouldn’t exactly represent much of a gamble.
He’d cost a lot of money, but would surely be a better investment than those the Reds have been making lately?
Paulo Dybala (Palermo)
Bar the signing of Lambert, Liverpool have often shown a willingness to invest in youth in recent years in the hope that the money paid will eventually prove to be worthwhile.
The could be the case with Palermo’s current 21-year-old scoring sensation Paulo Dybala, an Argentinean who has scored in his last five Serie A games to invite comparisons with his fellow countryman Sergio Aguero.
Quick and nimble, Dybala is an accomplished finisher, with this strike at Torino on Saturday evoking memories of a certain Robbie Fowler.
Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)
Now back fit and firing, Christian Benteke will be in the mood to remind everyone just why he is so highly rated.
But with Aston Villa struggling and Benteke’s name featured next to some pretty big clubs before he picked up the injury which ruled him out of the World Cup and the beginning of this season, the Belgian will be desperate to make up for lost time.
It’s hard to believe that he’ll still be at Villa next season, so should Liverpool move for him now?
Andrej Kramaric (Rijeka)
The 23-year-old Croatian Andrej Kramaric might not be a household name to many, but he boasts a scoring record that would make Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi blush.
Kramaric has plundered 28 goals in 23 appearances for Rijeka this season, and although the relative strength of the Croatian League has to be taken into consideration, he has also managed to score twice for his country since breaking into the team for the Euro 2016 Qualifiers.
Liverpool would be a big step up for him, but he looks as though he could handle it.
Divock Origi (Lille, on loan from Liverpool)
Is the answer to the Reds’ problems already a Liverpool player?
The Belgian Divock Origi was signed by Brendan Rodgers (and his transfer committee) in the summer after impressing at the World Cup before immediately being loaned back to Lille, but there has been talk that the 19-year-old could be taken to Anfield early for a little more money in January.
He’d arrive with huge expectations placed upon him, but given the state his parent club are currently in then surely anything is worth trying right now?