Fabio Carvalho's loan switch to RB Leipzig went anything but to plan.
The Portuguese prospect made just a single start in Germany, playing a total of 158 Bundesliga minutes across nine appearances.
As such, Liverpool made the no-brainer decision to recall the midfielder, who was not receiving the game time necessary to make the move beneficial to any party.
Now, Leipzig sporting director Rouven Schroder has claimed that Carvalho 'didn't want to face competition' at Leipzig, resulting in the failure of the move.
He told RB Live: "We made a conscious decision to go with Fabio last summer. He had a great season with Fulham in the English second division, which is very physical. We had said to ourselves: great talent, good age, has already gained his experience.
"Nevertheless, you don't get to know a player as an end product until he's there.
"Fabio has a great character. But he realized: 'Okay, there's a competitor here, I need to do more!' And we noticed that he didn't want to face the competition."
"Do we feel more comfortable with a man or do we be clear and straight and say 'listen, if you don't want to go down this path, then we'll end the loan'.
"You shouldn't be afraid of abandonment."
After returning from Germany, Carvalho was quickly sent back out on loan to more familiar grounds, returning to the Championship this time with Hull City.
Back in the division where he made a name for himself at Fulham, it's hoped the 21-year-old will get back into the swing of things after seeing his career stutter over the past 18 months.
Things haven't got off to the best start on Humberside, however, with Carvalho suffering defeat on his debut against Norwich City.
That said, there was one positive to report back from the Hull game - fellow Liverpool loanee Tyler Morton curled in a beauty to bag the Tigers' only goal of the contest, continuing his fine form in the Championship.
Let's hope Carvalho can follow suit.