Stephan El Shaarawy netted an impressive pair of goals for AC Milan in a friendly against Real Madrid and the timing may be significant with the transfer window set to swing open.
The Italian international has promised to be a phenomenon, but injury problems have stalled his career trajectory somewhat in recent times.
It was suggested in the Italian press that Milan may be willing to consider selling El Shaarawy, who they had always stated was off the market, and Liverpool have been linked with him.
As reports surface that Liverpool have been given an £11.5 million price tag if they want El Shaarawy, he chose a good time to display his credentials.
Liverpool officials may well be watching these goals with interest and could be wishing they had gambled on El Shaarawy instead of Mario Balotelli last summer.