Rickie Lambert was Liverpool's first summer signing, but he appears to be an afterthought at the club.
Part of England's 2014 World Cup squad, he has so far started only one Premier League match for the Reds.
This is despite an injury to Daniel Sturridge, and the fact Mario Balotelli is yet to score a Premier League goal.
Even Lambert's biggest detractors, could not have expected it would pan out this way.
Arguably the biggest snub of his short Liverpool career came on Tuesday evening away to Real Madrid, where a second string side was sent out, somewhat bizarrely, and Lambert could still not force his way into the side.
Fabio Borini, a player who Liverpool tried to offload in the summer to Sunderland and QPR, was preferred.
For Lambert, 32, the chance to play at the Bernabeu will probably not come again, and it would have been a reward for his patience to feature, given the fact Brendan Rodgers appeared to even give up on the chances of victory by not selecting his key players.
His omission caused plenty of debate on Twitter, particularly among fans of his former club Southampton.
The hashtag #BringRickieHome began trending, with supporters beginning to consider whether bringing him back would be feasible, or advisable.
Of the players Southampton let go in the summer, Lambert left on the best terms, with no hard feelings as he was joining his boyhood club; it just has not worked out.
Whether the Saints need him is another matter, sitting second in the table, and not all fans were in agreement. Here's a selection of the comments...
Ronald Koeman come January, you know what to do. #BringRickieHome— SaintsNews&Views (@SaintsfcViews) November 4, 2014
Not sure he'd get in our team but I'd have him. #BringRickieHome— Greg Hounsell (@GregJHounsell) November 4, 2014