Stevan Jovetic was among the most coveted strikers in Europe when wearing the purple of Fiorentina a few seasons ago, before Manchester City swooped in the summer of 2013.
Successive campaigns returning close to 15 goals for La Viola shot the Montenegrin international to prominence and allied with his young age and ability to orchestrate play from the number 10 slot, the sharks came circling.
Still only 23 when City snared him, Jovetic had soaked up some limelight as a bushy-tailed 21-year-old when notching a match-winning Champions League brace against Liverpool in the group stages of the 2009 edition.
Ironically enough, it’s the Reds who are now linked with a potential move for the forward, who has failed to light the sky blue touch paper at the Etihad over the course of two injury-stricken seasons.
That Liverpool, who have now slipped to 9/1 shots to break the top four, need a turnover in personnel at the sharp end of the pitch is indisputable.
However, buying strikers who can at least be relied upon to spend large proportions of their time on the pitch, rather than in the physio room, ought to be the minimum requirement for Brendan Rodgers and co’s recruitment policy.
It is not only the burden of deadwood such as Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini which has held the Reds back in their ambitions during a hugely disappointing campaign.
Daniel Sturridge has spent far more time in a club suit than the Liverpool strip on match days.
Indeed the England man’s latest problem – to add to his 5-and-a-half month lay-off earlier in the campaign – looks likely to see him shelved until next season now.
It’s true Jovetic has shown in flashes what he is capable of at City, adding to his collection of braces against Liverpool during a rare spell of rude health near the beginning of the season.
Taking a chance on him, would still be considered lunacy where Liverpool are concerned though, especially as he missed an entire season during his stay in Italy as well.
Since joining City, the former Fiorentina man has managed to make only 39 appearances, leading to his omission from the club’s Champions League squad in February this year.
Rodgers cannot roll the dice here.