Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp may publicly have stated that transfers are not the answer, but that is a U-turn from the summer. FSG needs to give him the tools.
When Jürgen Klopp was asked about making further transfers in the January window during his pre-Brighton press conference, his answer was a spiky one, to say the least.
The Liverpool boss explained in something of a rant that financial restraints meant that he could not add further to his squad, and even though the need for a midfielder is obvious, fixing that this month appears to be unlikely even after their latest chastening defeat.
That does not mean that Klopp does not recognize the glaring hole in his squad, however. Having spent most of the summer insistent that he did not need one, he later made a double admission.
Firstly, he admitted that he was wrong, publicly stating that the journalists and fans wanting a signing were right. Secondly, he added Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus in an emergency loan deal.
That, it is safe to say, has not paid off. Arthur has made around 13 minutes for Liverpool in total and has spent most of the campaign injured. The chances of a $39m (£32m/€36m) permanent transfer, as per the loan agreement, are slim.
But even just the fact that Liverpool and Klopp made that move shows that they knew the importance of adding another body to their squad before the season.
For all Klopp’s claims of having only so many places in their Champions League squad for new players and having enough numbers, nothing has changed since the summer when he admitted the need for Arthur.
If anything, as the loss at Brighton showed, the situation has become even more pressing. The calls for FSG to dip into the transfer kitty now rather than wait until the summer are only going to get louder.
Quite simply, there is no point waiting for Jude Bellingham unless Liverpool secures Champions League football, and right now, it would take a brave person to bet on them getting into the Europa League.
In midfield, with Naby Keïta, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner all out of contract at the end of the season, how much should they be relied upon to push Liverpool into the Champions League spots when they might not even be at the club next year, even if they stay fit?
It is clear (though becoming increasingly unlikely by the week) that Liverpool could get into the top four spots without making another signing, but it is also obvious that it would be a risk to attempt that with plenty of other teams in the mix.
The actions — and words — of Liverpool and Klopp in the summer show that they very much know that too, and losing 3-0 on the south coast will hardly have changed anyone’s mind.