Daniel Sturridge’s cameo against West Ham United should force Divock Origi to reassess his Liverpool future.
The portion of the transfer window that allows Premier League clubs to buy new players has closed, but they can still sell overseas.
Origi’s long-term future at Anfield looks bleak given that he is yet to hold down a regular first-team spot.
The Belgium international arrived on Merseyside in 2015, but he has only experienced spells in the first team.
Now, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane leading the line, it is that much harder for Origi to force his way through.
On Sunday, the Reds opened their Premier League campaign with a 4-0 rout over West Ham United on home soil.
Manager Jurgen Klopp made it clear that Origi is low down in the pecking order as he opted to bring on Daniel Sturridge as a late substitute.
The England international scored with his first touch to round off the emphatic win, and that one moment should have raised alarm bells for Origi.
Time is ticking, but there are still a few weeks left if the striker wants to push for a move abroad or a loan switch.
The 23-year-old may have sought comfort from the fact that members of Liverpool’s forward line would have to be rested some time.
However, judging from the clash against West Ham at the weekend, it seems that Sturridge’s pre-season performances have earned him the spot next in line.
Without any sort of game time, Origi’s stock will dwindle even more, so it is important for him to hunt for pastures new.