Danny Ings' move to Liverpool in July 2015 capped a meteoric rise through the English game, which began in the Football League Trophy six years prior.
It was at the age of 17 that the Bournemouth academy graduate was handed his professional debut in that competition, appearing as a second-half substitute in a 2-1 defeat by Northampton Town.
The following season, Ings dropped further down the pyramid, joining Dorchester Town in the Conference South on a short-term loan deal.
But, after finding the net on a number of occasions during his short stay with the Dorset outfit, the forward was recalled by his parent club in December as injuries piled up.
Ings went on to make 23 starts in League One over the course of the remainder of the season, scoring eight goals.
However, the campaign ended in disappointment, as the Cherries suffered defeat against Huddersfield Town in the play-off semi-finals despite another Ings strike in the second leg.
Although unfortunate for Bournemouth, that blow did not halt the Winchester-born striker's progress, as Championship side Burnley moved to secure his services that summer.
Initially, the form of prolific strike duo Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin meant that starts at Turf Moor proved hard to come by for Ings.
But, after making his debut as a substitute replacing the latter in February, he notched three goals before the season's end to announce himself to a new fanbase.
Rodriguez left Burnley that summer in order to join Southampton, yet competition for a starting berth remained tight, with Austin, Martin Paterson and Sam Vokes all pushing for a place.
That meant Ings lined up just 15 times in 2012-13, scoring three goals again, but when Queens Park Rangers came calling for Austin, an opportunity arrived.
Crucially, manager Sean Dyche chose to keep faith in his current striking options, and he paired Vokes and Ings to devastating effect the following season.
Danny took the chance with both hands, netting 21 league goals in 40 appearances as Burnley clinched promotion to the Barclays Premier League.
He was also handed a maiden international call-up in October 2013, joining up with England U21s.
Of course, questions remained over whether his blistering form would translate to the English top flight but, last season, they were answered emphatically.
Despite the Clarets' eventual relegation, Ings bagged an impressive tally of 11 goals, sparking interest from a number of top clubs.
But it was Liverpool who stole a march on their rivals to secure the signature of the striker.
After waiting patiently for his chance in 2015-16, Ings opened his account with a well-taken goal against Norwich City at Anfield in September.
The striker made it three goals in five games as he notched against Carlisle United and Everton prior to an international break in which he received his first senior England cap against Lithuania.
Jürgen Klopp was appointed Reds boss that week but, in his first training session under the German, Ings cruelly suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury.
The England forward subsequently showed remarkable commitment to his rehabilitation programme, and was rewarded with an appearance as a substitute in the season-ending meeting with West Bromwich Albion.
Ings featured heavily in Liverpool's pre-season programme in the summer of 2016, and stepped up his comeback campaign by featuring as a substitute in EFL Cup wins over Derby County and Tottenham Hotspur.
However, in November 2016, it was confirmed there was to be further heartbreak for the attacker after he sustained a knee injury against Spurs that would require surgery and keep him out of action for seven to nine months.