The emergence of English youngster Joe Gomez has pushed Jose Enrique even further down the Liverpool left-back pecking order, yet the Spaniard has heroically declared his intention to regain his place in the side.
Jordan Henderson adopted a similar stance when Brendan Rodgers gave him the option to leave the club for Fulham in 2012.
The former Sunderland man prevailed in this particular underdog story, rising from bench-warming cast off to club captain and sparing his boss yet more transfer market embarrassment in the process.
But not all quests to regain their starting spot end like Henderson’s.
It’s not the first time Enrique has found himself ostracised on Merseyside and, rapidly approaching 30, his chances of regaining the starting spot carry less weight than a budget airline carry-on bag.
Sadly, the Spaniard isn’t the only player to embark upon a futile mission of this ilk.
Here are a few more footballers whose valour outweighed their sensibility:
After salvaging his career to a certain extent on loan at Sunderland, the Italian was granted permission to join the Black Cats on a permanent basis in the summer of 2014.
So keen was Gus Poyet to sign the former Chelsea man, he offered Liverpool £14m, but the move didn’t appeal to Borini, who fancied his chances of filling Luis Suarez’s recently vacated void at Anfield.
Needless to say, he wasn’t up to the task and now holds down a place in the Reds’ reserve ranks.
The Moroccan joined Arsenal in 2010 and started brightly scoring six goals in his first 11 outings.
This was about as good as it got for Chamakh, whose struggles in the box resulted in his relocation to the bench, where he became a permanent fixture for the 2011/12 campaign, largely due to the unstoppable Robin van Persie.
Speculation inevitably started that he’d be sold, but the former Bordeaux man was defiant.
“My agents have had calls from other clubs, but I want to show what I can do in the next few months,” he said.
Four more appearances, all from the bench, convinced him to abandon the dream and he joined Crystal Palace the following summer.
Perennial Ashley Cole understudy, Bridge, was adamant he would not be leaving Chelsea despite talk the Blues were signing the man he’d spent his entire international career playing second fiddle to intensifying.
“Even if Ashley did end up coming here – and I haven’t a clue about that – I’ll stay and fight for my place.”
Cole joined a few weeks after these quotes were made in 2006 and Bridge kept him out of the side for all of one game before he was installed as the first-choice left-back at Stamford Bridge.
As Chelsea competed on multiple fronts, he got a fair amount of games in the 2006/07, but surrendered his fight for first-team football a year-and-a-half later after becoming increasingly marginalised.