When Rhian Brewster returned to Melwood after U17 Euros heartbreak in the summer of 2017, he probably expected a lighter touch from manager Jurgen Klopp.
Days earlier, a star-studded England team also featuring Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho had devastatingly surrendered a lead in the sixth minute of injury time of the competition’s final.
Their opponents, Spain, went on to secure the trophy from the subsequent penalty shootout, which featured a miss from Brewster.
Yet, as he arrived back at Melwood to fly out for a post-season friendly against Sydney FC, the young striker was hit with a hug and, perhaps most surprisingly, a booming laugh from the boss.
Klopp had suffered enough defeats in finals to know that the pain is not worth dwelling on – a point he was clearly keen to make to the inexperienced Brewster.
It is the sort of welcome that Curtis Jones will surely have received this week when he arrived back at Kirkby after missing out in the U21 Euros with England during the international break.
Given his first start of the competition in a crucial final group fixture, the Scouse midfielder scored the goal that had seemingly set the Three Lions on their way to the knockout stages this summer.
Unfortunately, Croatia hit back at the death to take their place, an outcome that prompted Jones to angrily confront the victors in an unsavoury post-match altercation.
Much like with Brewster, Klopp no doubt viewed that painful experience as a learning opportunity for one of his young players.
He certainly alluded to that fact during his pre-Arsenal press conference, saying: “I will speak to him, of course. That’s clear and how it is. You don’t want to see these things on the pitch after the game.
“We all know, in the moment when you lose a game – it meant a lot to the boys and it meant a lot to Curtis.
“He played a really good game, he was maybe the best player on the pitch, I saw the full game – saw his goal and the other things that he did.
“He was really in the game and then you lose a game, if the other team wouldn’t have done anything, I’m sure Curtis wouldn’t have reacted. There were some words or signs or whatever.