As the days, hours and seconds of the transfer window ticked away, Melwood remained quiet. Dalglish himself admitted that “there’ll be no one moving in or out” and but for an audacious bid to prize wantaway Carlos Tevez to Liverpool, there was very little to excite the fans.
Rewind a year and there could not have been a starker contrast. Following the arrival of Luis Suarez from Ajax, Fernando Torres sensationally switched to Chelsea, opening the door for Liverpool to break their transfer record to sign Andy Carroll for a staggering £35m.
This year, Liverpool had yet again been in the hunt for a new striker according to the gossip columns. With Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt struggling for goals, Liverpool have relied heavily on Craig Bellamy and Luis Suarez for moments of inspiration.
Dalglish clearly recognises that this is a problem and if his outrageous offer of a swap deal involving Carroll and Tevez had paid off, it would have been seen as a real coup.
Jermain Defoe was another name mentioned. His predatory instincts and clever movement would have seen him score many goals for Liverpool, who have created countless chances this season but struggled to turn this superiority into goals.
Luis Suarez has undoubtedly been a revelation since arriving of Merseyside, yet his strike rate of just nine goals in 31 appearances for the club is proof that he is not a natural goalscorer.
Bellamy chips in with his fair share of goals, but rarely plays as a central striker. Dirk Kuyt has been a consistent scorer for Liverpool, despite regularly playing as a right winger, but has had a very poor season so far. His late winner against Man Utd does not hide the fact that he needed to be moved on in January.
Liverpool’s lack of goals hasn’t been a problem of late, with Kuyt, Carroll and Bellamy all scoring in the last three games. But if Liverpool are to make the top four this season, a goalscorer was needed.