Steven Gerrard has experienced an ideal start to life as Aston Villa manager. Two wins from two have moved the club seven points clear of the relegation zone, with Villa now likely planning a charge towards the top half of the table.
They will have to navigate a tricky December fixture list if they are to do so, with games against Manchester City, Leicester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea to come over the next few weeks.
After that, you'd imagine that they will be eyeing some recruits in the January transfer window. While they may have spent heavily last summer, one would assume that Gerrard was promised fund to strengthen the squad in this winter after making the move from Rangers.
He is likely to have a few potential targets in mind, with rumours circulating that one of them could be on Merseyside.
The Mirror are reporting that Gerrard has made strengthening the defence his main priority, with Liverpool's Joe Gomez at the top of his wish list.
Gomez has found playing time hard to come by at Anfield this season, featuring for only 12 minutes in the Premier League. Virgil van Dijk's return from injury has filled one of the centre back spots, while the 24-year also finds himself behind Joel Matip and summer signing Ibrahima Konate in the pecking order.
The England defender has only just returned from a long injury layoff of his own having suffered a knee injury on international duty late last year.
However, it remains doubtful that Liverpool would allow the player to leave in January. Having experienced an injury crisis at centre back last season, Jurgen Klopp will want to ensure he has plenty of options in that position going forward.
With over two years remaining on his current deal, it would likely take a mammoth fee for Aston Villa to prise Gomez away from his current club, if the player is even interested in such a move.
Regardless of Gerrard's interest, you'd feel it is likely that Villa will have to look elsewhere.