It has taken some time but at long last many of Liverpool's transfer signings have begun to show some form at a pivotal part of the season.
At the very beginning of the season, manager Brendan Rodgers invested a lot of faith into the likes of Adam Lallana, Alberto Moreno, Javi Manquillo, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli. That faith blew up in his face and was rewarded with inconsistent performances from the former four; in the case of the latter two, shades of incompetence.
Concerned with the slow integration of his new troops, Rodgers reverted to the old guard, inviting players such as Kolo Toure, Glen Johnson and Lucas Leiva back into the fold, as well as fellow new signing Rickie Lambert during a sequence of games between October and early December.
Consequentially, the likes of Lallana, Moreno, Manquillo, Lovren and Balotelli found themselves heavily rotated, whilst the likes of Emre Can and Markovic were simply out of favour.
Results managed to pick up, albeit with a succession of bore draws that could have been a cure for insomnia were it not for the comical fact Liverpool had spent over £100 million on duds - the very thing Rodgers criticised Tottenham doing a year ago.
Criticism peaked when Liverpool drew 1-1 against Basel and were subsequently knocked out the Champions League. Many called for Rodgers' head and it would have been easy for the Liverpool board to have reacted by sacking him, instead they stood firm to what Rodgers was building and so far it looks as though they have reaped the benefits.
The biggest beneficiaries have been the previously discarded Can and Markovic. Can, previously thought of as a central midfielder, has made his name as a centre back. Whilst it is unimaginable Can could play centre back in a back two, as part of a back three his defensive duties are divided. This has enabled him to focus on ball distribution - something Liverpool have struggled with this season. In his short stint as a centre back, Can has proved himself to be a massive threat from deep as he transitions the play very quickly. The most memorable occasions include him switching the play which led to Moreno's opener vs Swansea and his through ball to put Borini 1-on-1 with the goalkeeper against Sunderland.
With Manquillo being rotated between Markovic and Moreno, the only new signings frozen out completely have been Balotelli, Lambert and Lovren, heavily suggesting their futures rest elsewhere and not with Liverpool.