The loss of Sadio Mane to the African Cup of Nations at the beginning of next year promises to come as a huge blow to the fluidity and the threat of Liverpool’s attacking setup.
Jurgen Klopp will be left severely short of wingers when Mane does eventually depart and therefore faces a new selection dilemma.
Our manager is yet to be guilty of a panic buy in the transfer market but could be forced to spend money in January in order to bolster our temporarily weakened squad.
There does, however, remain to be an option other than dipping into the transfer funds.
Here are some names that could fill that spot on the right of Liverpool’s front three:
Christian Pulisic- Borussia Dortmund
The 18-year-old American is being watched closely by Klopp and was even the subject of a failed attempt by Liverpool to sign him in the summer.
He has been an impressive performer for Dortmund so far this season and is a name that refuses to go away as far as Klopp’s main transfer targets are concerned.
Lucas Moura- PSG
The Brazilian is another player that could crop up on new sporting director Michael Edwards’ list of possible targets.
Reports over the last few months have suggested Moura may be offered as part of a deal to lure Philippe Coutinho to Paris.
We would rather have Phil without question, but Moura’s pace, energy and ability to beat men with ease presents him as an ideal candidate to come in and do a similar job to the one Mane does.
Yacine Brahimi- Porto
Brahimi is a versatile forward who can set up as either a winger or in any of the attacking midfield positions.
This instantly highlights him as the kind of player Klopp would be keen to bring in, in order to continue the interchanging of positions that has been so successful for us so far this season.
News organisations in Portugal claimed we were preparing a £45 million offer for his services in the summer, though that eventually came to nothing.
Inaki Williams- Athletic Bilbao
The 22-year-old is another player that is reportedly one of Klopp’s main transfer targets this January.
He plays with a similar explosive pace, energy and aggression to Mane and has featured as both a right winger and a striker at times.
Williams carries a large buy-out clause, but one that doesn’t appear to put us off. His potential and ability to play in a number of attacking positions makes it no surprise that Klopp is attracted to what he can offer.
Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo- Liverpool youth
Of course, there is Liverpool’s bright youth prospects.
Klopp will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on the progress of his youngsters as he looks to prepare for key first team absences.
U23s captain Harry Wilson has been a strong performer for Michael Beale’s side this season and stands as a candidate to be the next youth star that is handed a first team opportunity.
Similarly to Wilson, Sheyi Ojo can also feature from the right hand side and is a threat cutting in on his favoured left-foot.
Ojo is easing his way back into training as he nears his recovery from a back injury. The 19-year-old caught the eye whilst making several appearances for the first team last season and is backed by many to become a real attacking asset.
The money is there for Klopp to spend on a winger and the option to bring youth players through is, too. The positive thing is that we appear to be planning well in advance in order to create a smooth transition if any new faces are required.