By DEJAN KALINIC
If deadline day at the end of January last year proved to be disastrous for Liverpool, the failures of August 31, 2012 could well end up being just as problematic.
On that day in 2011, then-Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish saw Fernando Torres leave for Chelsea and welcomed Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to Anfield.
Just 18 months later, £35 million signing Carroll was loaned out to newly promoted West Ham United with no replacement in sight.
And Reds manager Brendan Rodgers, who reportedly wanted to buy or loan Clint Dempsey, Daniel Sturridge and Gaston Ramirez, all of a sudden faces a striker shortage after all his attempted deals on deadline day failed to come to fruition.
With Suarez and Fabio Borini - his only senior forwards - struggling, it was no surprise Liverpool failed to score in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday.
Rodgers' men put in another solid shift at home but were largely unthreatening in the attacking third.
Italian Borini has been unable to settle out wide in a front three, while Suarez has been in average form despite scoring in consecutive matches heading into the Arsenal clash.
Will Rodgers' failure to replace Carroll [pictured] with another forward before the transfer deadline come back to haunt Liverpool?
The Uruguayan's performance in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City was decent thanks to a wonderful free-kick, while he also netted late to send Liverpool through to the Europa League group stages at the expense of Hearts.
But again he looked out of sorts against Arsene Wenger's men, appealing for fouls, missing a glorious chance set up by Steven Gerrard and often trying to do too much when little would have sufficed.
Rodgers said post-match Carroll was only allowed to leave because he was "very" confident a forward was incoming, but it cannot hide the position the former Swansea manager has left himself in.
His team again played attractive football and looked good in all areas of the pitch except up top.
Another stray Gerrard pass led to Lukas Podolski's opener and first Premier League goal on the half-hour.
The captain misplaced a pass in the lead-up to Yaya Toure's equaliser a week ago and was made to pay for sloppiness again.
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Gerrard, a standout for England at Euro 2012, has made a slow start to the campaign as both he and Suarez regularly gave away possession against Arsenal.
Arsenal were swift on the counter-attack throughout - with Abou Diaby impressive - and, with the Liverpool defence retreating and leaving acres of space between themselves and their midfield, Santi Cazorla slid Podolski behind and the German did the rest.
Cazorla and Podolski linked up for the sealer as the former and Diaby ran rampant through midfield.
Joe Allen was what is becoming his usual reliable self for Liverpool but could only track one of the destructive two at a time as the deepest of the home side's three midfielders.
Stewart Downing and Jonjo Shelvey provided a spark when introduced, but opposition teams are unlikely to fear the pair.
The mistakes of deadline day look set to hurt Liverpool as Rodgers considers desperate, but much needed, reinforcements in free agents like Michael Owen.