Daniel Sturridge has flown under the radar somewhat this summer.
The striker's current deal with Liverpool expires in June 2019 and the club will not want to risk losing him on a free transfer.
At the same time, the 28-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, where he played just six league games, starting only two of them, and failing to get off the mark.
Jurgen Klopp now has a big decision to make regarding the former Manchester City and Chelsea man and he'll no doubt have been keeping a keen eye on him as he debates whether to keep him at Anfield, vying for a starting spot with fellow back-up option Dominic Solanke.
It is expected that Danny Ings will leave, though his next destination is yet to be confirmed.
So, how has Sturridge been getting on in pre-season? In the 7-0 win over Chester, admittedly a National League North side, he scored twice.
While he failed to get on the scoresheet in a 3-2 victory over Tranmere, he did produce a couple of decent saves and he had a shot cleared off the line in the stalemate with Bury.
It's certainly food for thought as Klopp mulls his future over.
However, it appears the England international has come to a decision of his own.
What Sturridge has decided
As reported in the Mirror, he wants to prove himself on Merseyside and get back in the first team, which is commendable considering the awful luck he has had when it comes to injuries.
“I see myself staying at Liverpool, hopefully being part of the team week in, week out,” he said.
“Pre-season is going well, so for me it's keeping my head down and building on that. I’m excited about the season ahead and it feels great to be back.
“Pre-season has started well for me and the team. I am feeling great and can't wait to get the season underway.
"We have the tour to come where we face some great teams like Man United, Man City and Dortmund.”
It's going to be very difficult for him to compete with Roberto Firmino, but good luck to him.
A potential loan to Besiktas, which Sturridge has been linked with, will be one less thing the board have to consider as they continue to be active in the summer transfer market.
Xherdan Shaqiri is the latest new arrival following Fabinho and of course, the Naby Keita deal was wrapped up long ago, but he officially became a Liverpool player this month.
It has been widely reported that a bid has been launched for Roma goalkeeper Alisson Becker - no wonder Sturridge wants to be a part of what is looking like a menacing squad ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.
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