Fulham boss Felix Magath has offered a realistic appraisal of their battle to keep Patrick Roberts at the club in the long run.
The 17-year-old striker has attracted plenty of attention with some eye-catching performances this season.
So much so that Liverpool have reportedly registered an interest in bringing Roberts to Anfield.
He remains a Fulham player for now, of course, with the transfer deadline now having passed. But Magath admits it will be difficult to keep his best players if they A) don't want to stay and B) are the subject of interest from Champions League clubs.
“We want to develop young players and it depends how good they are and how good we are," Magath told reporters.
"If the young players have a future we can give them the level they are ready to play at - then I hope they will stay here.
"But if we are not at that level and the player is extraordinarily good and there is interest from Champions League clubs then you will never be able to hold them, especially if the player doesn’t want to stay.”
Liverpool currently sit fifth in the Premier League after three games, having won twice and lost once.
Fulham, meanwhile, are second-bottom in the Championship, with just one point to their name after five matches.