From the time Jurgen Klopp took over Liverpool 8 games into this season, the problems that the Reds had all around the field were open for all to see.
Their defensive stability has been under the cosh while they have struggled to create and score goals at the other end. And the German manager has now taken it upon himself to clear the mess at the Merseyside outfit.
They have scored just 25 goals in 21 Premier League games, a record that is their worst in their history. The problem for Klopp started with injuries to key players. Danny Ings was ruled out for the rest of the season even before he could feature under Klopp while Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi have not been able to stay fit and play a stretch of matches to get their confidence going.
Benteke has not had the best of days at the club and this has forced Klopp to use Roberto Firmino as a false 9 up top, a move that has given him a certain amount of credibility.
Steven Caulker’s loan move eases the pressure off the defensive side of the team but in the attack, Klopp is understood to be looking out for short and long term solutions.
One such player scouted is Athletic Bilbao’s Inaki Williams. The lighting quick 21-year old is the fastest player in La Liga and has scored 10 goals in 21 appearances for the Spanish club.
Williams, who has also been watched by Arsenal and Tottenham, has a £15.3m buyout clause in his current contract which expires in 2017. Liverpool is looking to act quickly before the club negotiates a contract extension that will see the buyout clause rise to 77 million.
Talking about all the injury problems and transfer plans at Liverpool, Klopp said, “It’s not easy,” “We are two weeks without a player so you think ‘okay, we’ll take another one’, but then in two weeks we have one too much or two too much.
“They all come back. Buying players are not too easy.
“We don’t have too many striking options that are true.
“It is the same with the centre-halves. Martin (Skrtel) will be a few weeks still. Dejan (Lovren), not fit. Mama (Sakho), problems. Kolo (Toure)? Experience. Very experienced! But he is great.
“So then we had to do something. We are always watching the offensive ends for what we can do. Probably, maybe or never. Then we have to make decisions about where we want to go.”
Liverpool welcome Manchester United on Sunday for a crunch tie in the Premier League his weekend.