The field is delicately poised in the betting to be Liverpool’s top-scorer, with 13 players tightly grouped at the summit.
All of the Reds’ new arrivals and last season’s survivors have hesitated when it came to stepping into filling the gaping goalscoring void vacated by Luis Suarez, with departing skipper Steven Gerrard currently heading the charts with just five.
On account of this, the Huyton hero assumes 3/1 favouritism, though Daniel Sturridge, who has one, isn’t far behind at 7/2.
Next come Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Phillipe Coutinho at 5/1, 7/1 and 8/1 respectively.
All four have more goals than the second-favourite former Chelsea man, but it is he who must be backed.
On the road to recovery following a bout of calf then thigh injuries, Sturridge is capable of stockpiling strikes in the latter part of the campaign to easily surpass the bar set by Gerrard.
Assuming Brendan Rodgers has a fully fit midfield to select from across the remainder of the campaign, the captain’s part in the side is sure to become a more marginalised one after he agreed to join LA Galaxy in the summer.
As the club ready themselves for the Gerrard afterlife, the midfielder’s opportunities to build on this total will almost certainly suffer.
This will present a clear path for Sturridge to oust him from the top spot.
The 25-year-old is due to return from the sick bay before the end of January, two years after he swapped west London for Merseyside.
He bagged ten following his mid-season ingratiation into the team in 2012/13.
Last term brought improved fortunes in the second half of the season too; he hit 15 league goals from January onwards, as opposed to nine prior to Christmas.
For such a prolific striker, bridging a gap of just four goals shouldn’t be too vexing and Sturridge’s tendency to do the bulk of his in-the-box bidding in the second half of the campaign makes him the only bet to be on here.