Wolverhampton Wanderers seem to have been handed the short end of the stick with regards to a transfer switch back in 2020.
The 20-year-old had played just four senior games for the Reds before switching Anfield for Molineux, and the rarely-seen move raised eyebrows that Nuno Espirito Santo was willing to invest so heavily in such an unproven youngster.
Since then, having played just 25 games for the Old Gold, he is now seeking first-team football out on loan for PSV Eindhoven.
He was gifted his first team chance, and he failed to take it.
As time rumbles on and he continues to be no closer to this breakthrough, it heaps more and more pressure on a price tag that should never have been unloaded upon his shoulders.
Not only this but to hand him a wage of £40k-per-week means that across his 105 weeks in the Midlands he has rinsed the club for £17.7m in total.
This loan back to his home country marks a huge stage in his career, of which he simply must succeed to continue his development.
Fortunately, he has started well. An average SofaScore rating of 7.10 in his first four games for his new side is promising, and with the right back spot more than up for grabs he must take advantage of this opportunity or else watch Bruno Lage select his long-term replacement from the transfer market.
He has so far flopped badly since making the move away from Liverpool, resigned to the fact that Trent Alexander-Arnold is immovable.
If he is not careful, however, he could be once again pushed to the wayside unless he matures fast and stakes a valid claim for the spot.