Daniel Sturridge has been charged with breaching betting rules by the FA and it remains to be seen what impact that has on Liverpool’s attacking options.
In the meantime, that could offer Dominic Solanke an unlikely shot at reigniting his Liverpool career as Jurgen Klopp potentially seeks an alternative back-up striker who does not have off-field issues brewing.
Solanke is clearly nowhere near the level of Roberto Firmino or even Sturridge, but is a hugely talented forward, with a bright future.
He needs gametime, and having perhaps been inspired by how Sturridge has reinvigorated his Anfield career so far this season, he will be in a position to seize his opportunity.
He should be applauded for his ambition in joining another elite club when he left Chelsea in search of more first-team football, but he needs games sooner rather than later.
After seeing fellow English youngsters such as Reiss Nelson and Jadon Sancho flourish after moving to the Bundesliga, that temptation must be on Solanke’s mind.
But the issue around Sturridge could yet create enough uncertainty to give Solanke a chance to impress Klopp and the Reds’ fans – but he must be in position to take it.