Rarely has a Liverpool loanee offered such convincing evidence that they are deserving of a future on Merseyside, or an opportunity to fight for their place, at the very least.
Harry Wilson has rightly set his sights on increased senior involvement with the Reds upon his return to Melwood at the end of the season.
The Welshman is currently enjoying an outstanding spell with promotion-chasing Derby County in the Championship, building on his superb stint with Hull City over the second half of last season.
With 12 goals and four assists across all competitions to his name, the 21-year-old is going the right way about maintaining Jurgen Klopp’s attention from afar.
The pair have remained in contact throughout Wilson’s time at Pride Park, with Klopp sending the forward a message following his stunning free-kick against Manchester United in the League Cup back in September.
On the aftermath of the win at Old Trafford, Wilson told the Daily Mail: “He dropped me a text to tell me he’d watched it and he was delighted with the performance — and the goal!”
“A couple of weeks ago there was another message saying, “Good result, good goal — keep going”. When you get those texts, it is a massive boost. You know you aren’t forgotten.”
He added: “The main focus this season is to get promoted with Derby. But Mason’s goal is to play for Chelsea and my goal is to play for Liverpool. I have always felt like a Liverpool player. Everything is going along the right path.”
Liverpool underlined their faith in Wilson last July when they rewarded him with a new long-term contract at the club ahead of his loan move.
Pre-season awaits as a welcomed opportunity for him to supply further flashes of his first team credentials, as he did so admirably in summer 2018.
Whether it be at Liverpool or elsewhere, one thing that is for certain is that he has a long and bright future ahead of him.