If Rhian Brewster’s withdrawal from Liverpool’s squad last night served as confirmation of his impending departure, the team named in his absence offered an insight into the reasons why he might be keen to leave.
Even without a striker considered one of the leading English talents of his generation, Jurgen Klopp found himself able to put out a side capable of claiming a thumping 7-2 win over Lincoln City.
Yes, it was League One opposition, and yes the presence of a partisan home support would no doubt have made the tie trickier, but that is an impressive scoreline in any circumstance.
The intriguing part, of course, is that things could change slightly on that front before the transfer window comes to a close next month.
Take, for example, the scorer of the opening goal at Sincil Bank: Xherdan Shaqiri.
Making his first start for the club since December, the Swiss offered an early reminder of his quality as he arrowed an unstoppable free-kick into the top corner.
But, had things gone to plan this summer, he may not have been there to score it.