If Liverpool complete a world record deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson, there should be a smidgen of sympathy for the club’s current number one.
Danny Ward’s promotion will have lasted little more than a week.
Until such time the formalities are complete, Ward is Anfield’s first choice. He is pencilled in to start against West Ham on the opening Premier League weekend, but given the events of the last 24 hours it is highly unlikely he will start the season.
If Loris Karius was already aware of the precariousness of his situation, the £67 million deal for the Brazil international leaves no doubt about his current standing.