Mamadou Sakho has had a turbulent time of it recently but he might have been given a glimpse of where he will be playing his football this season.
Being sent home from Liverpool's pre-season tour of America by Jurgen Klopp was an early indicator things weren't quite right for the French international.
A heel injury hampered his chances even further and Klopp has made it known that Sakho is available for loan.
Until now, the Reds have struggled to find a possible suitor and yesterday it was also revealed that Premier League strugglers Sunderland had turned down the opportunity to bring the defender in.
But according to The Telegraph, Stoke are interested in the 26-year-old and have made an enquiry regarding his services.
The Potters have also been linked with a move for Manchester United's Phil Jones but Jose Mourinho would reportedly prefer him to stay at Old Trafford.
This has forced Mark Hughes to consider other alternatives and Sakho is thought to fit the bill.
The centre-back is still part of Klopp's long-term plans but will need to regain match fitness at another club for the time being.
When asked about Sakho after their League Cup victory over Burton on Tuesday, the Liverpool boss refused to give any clues about where his defender might end up.
"I'm happy that I don't talk in situations like this. Everybody who needs to be informed about this has been informed about this,” Klopp said.
“There are no secrets with the important people, I would say.”
Stoke are keen to bolster their defensive options after selling Marc Wilson to Bournemouth but have struggled to make much of an impact in the transfer market this summer and have only brought in Joe Allen and Egyptian Ramadan Sobhi.