Liverpool fans have woken up with a nasty hangover after a night drowning their sorrows in the Football Transfer Tavern following their tame Champions League exit at the hands of FC Basel.
Brendan Rodgers’ side face the prospect of Europa League action in the New Year after managing just one win from six Champions League matches and only five points.
The 1-1 draw with Basel at Anfield has placed extra incentive on their trip to Manchester United at the weekend with the Reds knowing a defeat to their bitterest rivals will see them fall ten points behind Louis van Gaal’s side.
It has been a dramatic fall from grace for Brendan Rodgers and his side, having come so close to winning the Premier League title last season with a superb brand of attacking football.
The Reds look a shadow of their former selves, despite spending over £100 million on new players in the summer.
But with so many of the summer signings having failed to settle, it looks as though Rodgers may have to strengthen even further in January.
Here we have identified what could be considered the Reds ‘dream starting XI’ post deadline day, set out in Rodgers favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.