Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers, in his infinite wisdom, has moved to decree that French full-back Aly Cissokho is unlikely to make his loan move from Valencia a permanent one.
The Reds are 4/1 to win the Premier League with both Manchester factions removed from the reckoning and with a Champions League spot all but nailed on, their Northern Irish coach is eyeing up better-suited talents for a season of rubbing shoulders with the elite.
Former Lyon and Porto man Cissokho, though, could be the man he needs for the club’s first season in five back in the big time.
Here are three reasons why they need to keep him:
Only Manchester City and Arsenal (twice) have been able to beat the Merseysiders when Cissokho’s started.
All three of these losses came away from home, which, against foes of this calibre, is nothing to be ashamed of.
In total, the Anfield-based outfit have won seven of their last nine fixtures in which their rent-a-left-back has started.
Liverpool are far from inundated with options at left-back.
While Glen Johnson, John Flanagan and Martin Kelly are all accomplished performers on the right-hand side of defence, the only bona fide number three and permanent member of the squad is unloved Spaniard Jose Enrique.
On more than one occasion Rodgers during his Anfield tenure has opted to select right-footed Johnson at left-back ahead of him.
With Lyon looking to sell, pacey Cissokho could provide a budget alternative to forking out money that could be better invested in more pressing areas of the team.
A mega-money move for a world-class left-back would hamper the progress of highly-rated Jack Robinson.
Currently on loan at Blackpool, the England Under-21 international could compete alongside Cissokho for a first-team berth at Anfield next term.
Rodgers has been rightfully applauded for his willingness to bring on the club’s youth products, but a big bucks arrival would unquestionably hinder this prospects’ progress.