As an 18-year-old plying your trade in the Championship, the news that one of English football’s behemoths are preparing to move for your signature must rate just above passing the driving test or that first legal drink in a pub.
Nevertheless, Liverpool’s advances should be greeted with a great deal of caution by Charlton centre-back Joe Gomez, if recent history is anything to go by up at Anfield.
The theory may seem sure-footed enough – Liverpool are losing one young (ish) centre-back from their current playing staff as Sebastian Coates prepares to make his loan move to Sunderland permanent for a fee in the region of £4m – but the reality is a precarious one.
The 24-year-old Uruguayan moves on after four practically anonymous years at Liverpool where he clocked up just 12 Premier League appearances and this should serve as a warning sign for Gomez.
It’s to his credit that Coates even returned to English football to prove himself, having spent the 2013/14 season back on loan at previous club Nacional following a miserable time of it on Merseyside.
If the career-clogging effects of an early Liverpool move were in isolation then Gomez’s prospective transfer would not be as worrying, but sadly it is symptomatic of the club’s shortcomings in this unique area of purchasing.
The 2/1 top-four hopefuls with bwin.com have made a habit out of pilfering young central defensive talent, before they soon vanish into the ether.
Predating Coates by a year was Rangers’ highly-rated left-footed centre-half, Danny Wilson.
A winner of the 2009/10 Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award after his breakthrough season at Ibrox, Wilson was another to end up stuck on the shelf following his Anfield switch as a bright-eyed 19-year-old.
Given his Scottish heritage, comparisons to legendary Reds centre-back Alan Hansen were hugely unnecessary and proved ridiculous in the end.
Following his third spell on loan away from Anfield, Wilson was shifted off to Hearts having featured just twice in the Premier League.
Of course, current Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was not responsible for either player’s arrival, but that hasn’t prevented the Northern Irishman from repeating those mistakes.
Sporting Lisbon’s London-born defender Tiago Ilori was poached as precocious teenager for a princely sum of £12m approaching two years ago.
Since then the missing persons posters have been pinned to the notice board at Melwood, as the Portuguese U21 has spent seaoson-long loans at Granada and subsequently Bordeaux.
At some point, this cycle will surely have to break, but Gomez may do well not to get frozen in the headlights without any solid assurances from Liverpool.