Brendan Rodgers was said to be mulling over the possibility of recalling Jordon Ibe from Derby County this January, but after this weekend it seems most likely he'll be staying with the East Midlands club.
Last week, Rodgers revealed that the exciting England youth international could be brought back to base at the start of 2015 due to the nature of the loan, but the Liverpool boss would not disclose whether he would activate that clause or allow Ibe to finish his season with the Championship promotion hopefuls.
"He has been great," Rodgers was quoted as saying in the Daily Star. "If we do bring him back, it would be to contribute. He's doing very well and you can see, at 19 years of age, he's going to be a great player for Liverpool in the future.
"[The loan] is until the end of the season but reviewed in January, so we could [bring him back] if we wanted to."
Nevertheless, four days on from the interview, all indications are pointing to the young attacker carrying out the rest of his loan spell in the East Midlands.
At the weekend, Ibe was named as a substitute for the Rams as they went head-to-head with non-league side Southport in the third round of the FA Cup. If he had been left on the bench, the 19-year-old would not have been cup-tied and, if he were to return to Liverpool, would have been eligible to play in the FA Cup for his parent side - assuming the Reds qualify to the fourth round on Monday night.
For Steve McClaren to involve the youngster so late in the game, cup-tieing him in the process, suggests that Rodgers will allow Ibe to remain at Derby for the rest of the season.
That theory was strengthened on Sunday, when the Liverpool Echo exclusively revealed that the Merseyside club would actively seek to bring back Belgium international Divock Origi in January and were willing to pay the £3 million clause it would take.
The decision to leave Ibe, who McClaren has described as 'unplayable' in the past, at Derby for the rest of the season is certainly the best for all parties - especially Liverpool.
Despite being an extraordinary talent, the England Under-20 international is still very raw and leaves fans frustrated with his decision-making at times. However, Ibe has shown during his time at Derby that he is progressing.
A premature return to Liverpool, especially when the club aren't doing so well, could heap unnecessary pressure and expectation on the youngster's shoulders. And when he decides to shoot or beat his man instead of playing the simple pass, which he tries a lot, the frustration from fans could lead to a loss of confidence and stall his development.