Liverpool's vacant number seven shirt has sparked all kinds of rumours on Merseyside as to who will fill it - from Thierry Henry to David Villa.
And while signing either looks as likely as a happy Evertonian, it's clear we need something after hopes of picking up where we left off last season were smashed by Spurs.
Yesterday's performance was poor - even glass half full Liverpudlians will struggle to find positives from a match in which we barely troubled Heurelho Gomes, who's not the safest pair of hands in the Premier League.
Within 10 minutes it was clear things were not right.
During our devastating spell at the tail end of last season, we were steamrollering teams from the first whistle.
But this was more huff and puff than steamrollering.
Pre-season, Rafa made a clear attempt to instil some confidence in Ryan Babel, predicting this would be the year he finally justified his £11million price tag.
We're still waiting.
The Dutchman was given yet another chance to shine with Albert Riera (worryingly linked with a move to Barcelona today) surprisingly rested and Yossi Benayoun left twiddling his thumbs on the bench.
Babel had looked good for Holland against England but yesterday he did nothing - Benayoun produced more in 23 minutes than Babel had in 67.
Another man everyone was looking for more from was Lucas and while he did OK, and was far from the worst performer, it said it all that Steven Gerrard ended up dropping deep to try and pick up the ball and influence the game.
Gerrard's first-half daisycutter, a header from a sulky Fernando Torres which went wide and the penalty were the only significant efforts on goal.
And if it wasn't for Pepe Reina's brilliance allied to Robbie Keane's wastefulness, we could have been on the end of a hiding.
Benitez made much of the penalty shouts after the game but in truth neither was nailed on.
What was more worrying was the respective substitute benches yesterday:
|David Bentley||Yossi Benayoun|
|Peter Crouch||Diego Cavalieri|
|Carlo Cudicini||Andrea Dossena|
|Alan Hutton||Martin Kelly|
|Kyle Naughton||Daniel Sanchez Ayala|
|Jamie O'Hara||Jay Spearing|
|Roman Pavlyuchenko||Andriy Voronin|
I know which one I'd rather have.
Only Benayoun really could be relied on to influence the game - which he did. But it is clear we are crying out for more signings - even when Alberto Aquilani is fit.
It felt like it yesterday, but it's not all doom and gloom.
Johnson looked good in flashes and obviously won the penalty, Insua was solid and Reina was world class.
And at least White Hart Lane, traditionally a bogey ground, is out of the way now.
But there's more questions than answers after that performance.
Stoke are next up, a team we dropped four points to last season - enough to have won the league.
Benitez has promised a more attacking approach at home and that could benefit Johnson and Lucas but Babel can only hope for the bench at best.
Liverpool will surely play better - they would do well to play worse.