Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward says it is hard to know where he stands in the club's pecking order despite recently signing a new long-term contract at Anfield.
Shortly afterwards he secured a season-long loan deal to Aberdeen in order to get some first team experience, as the only playing time he got last season was either in the Under-21 side or on a month-long loan at Morecambe.
With the departure of Brad Jones after the Australian goalkeeper's contract expired at Anfield, Ward may have been in with a chance deputising for Simon Mignolet but the Reds have made the signing of Adam Bogdan on a free transfer from Bolton Wanderers.
Ward told the Daily Mail: "Adam Bogdan has obviously arrived at the club (from Bolton) and Brad Jones has left, but my focus this season is to concentrate on doing well at Aberdeen and doing well for this club.
"I was on the bench a lot at Liverpool last season and managed to get a couple of games out on loan at Morecambe in League Two, which was a good grounding for me.
"I’ve played a couple of pre-season games for Liverpool and that’s been about it although, to be fair, last season football was limited to the reserves and a couple of games here and there for Morecambe.
"So hopefully this season I can crack on and it would be massive for my development to play every week."
It'll be interesting for Liverpool fans to watch the development of Ward from afar over the course of the season. There have been a few occasions where he has been part of the matchday squad but hasn't been given the game time to prove what he can do.
It seems pretty clear that Bogdan was signed as cover for Simon Mignolet rather than as his deputy but there are plenty of years ahead for him as he is only 27, and with the Reds participating in the Europa League he may get the opportunity to prove what he can do.
The task for Ward will be to impress during his time at Aberdeen and prove he is capable of being a solid and reliable last line of defence. The regular game time will help him going forward.
He may have been sent out on loan, but the recent contract he signed with the Reds shows some kind of desire to keep hold of him for a good few years yet, but he may have to get more and more used to loan moves.