The end is nigh for Jordon Ibe, as far as his Liverpool career is concerned anyway, following news that the Reds accepted a £15m bid for the young winger from Bournemouth.
Paying extortionate sums for players whose previous performances may undermine the astronomical outlay is a criticism frequently leveled at the Merseysiders.
But in this instance they have to be applauded for brokering such a deal for a player who struggled last season under a manager who has never been afraid of fielding gifted prospects.
That’s not to say Ibe won’t prove to be a hit at Bournemouth, but it can be argued they’re paying over the odds for an attacker who has managed just one goal and two assists across his entire Premier League career to date.
And judging by the fortunes of fellow Anfield academy graduates who Liverpool have cashed in on in recent years, the Cherries won’t see a return on their investment for at least a year.
Raheem Sterling, Jack Robinson, Martin Kelly and Daniel Ayala are among the former junior Reds sold to Premier League rivals since 2011/12.
Robinson didn’t make a solitary top-tier appearance for QPR in 2014/15 before snapping cruciate ligaments when on loan at Huddersfield, while Ayala donned Norwich City colours on seven instances before embarking on a Championship loan odyssey with Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough, who ended up buying him.
Sterling and Kelly both played regularly during maiden campaigns away from Anfield, though their levels of success can also be questioned.
The struggles of the former at Manchester City, for instance, have been extensively documented, especially in the second half of the 2015/16 campaign, while one-time England international Kelly featured often at Crystal Palace in his first season, but his game time was significantly reduced in his second.
Academy exports like Tom Ince and Conor Coady shone in the Championship, but instant Premier League hits among axed Liverpool rookies are few and far between.