As we approach the one month mark of the 2013 Summer Transfer Window, Liverpool is no closer to resolving what can only be described as the Luis Suarez Saga.
Suarez has made his feelings clear: he desires a fresh start, free of media persecution where he could focus exclusively on plying his trade under the bright lights of the Champions League.
The Uruguayan forward has a £40m release clause in his contract, which led Arsene Wenger and the London giants to place a ridiculously cheeky bid of £40,000,001 in order to begin talks with Suarez.
However, despite Suarez's wishes, Liverpool will need to make sure they retain the services of the controversial forward if they hope to come anywhere near Champions League qualification.
With the way the Premier League currently stands, it appears there will be six teams battling for four Champions League positions. Manchester United and Manchester City look to be the strongest on paper, leaving Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Liverpool to fight over the remaining two spots.
While losing Suarez to Arsenal would obviously hurt Liverpool's chances, it would do even more to help the Gunners, leaving the Reds on the outside looking in when it comes to Champions League spots.
Liverpool was surprisingly successful in the absence of the suspended Suarez, as the emergence of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge helped lead the squad to a strong finish. The signings of Iago Aspas and whoever the £40m Suarez haul would bring in would definitely be enough to keep the Reds scoring.
However, the addition of Suarez to Arsenal's already potent attack would instantly boost Arsenal into European contenders. An attack force of Suarez, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, and Santi Cazorla would be amongst the best in the Premier League, if not Europe.
At the end of the day, this is not as much about losing Suarez as it is about making sure he can't come back to bite you, no pun intended. If Madrid comes calling and meets the club's demands, so be it. But selling Suarez to a rival would knock Liverpool back to the bottom of the ladder.
If the club hopes to maintain the progress that has been made under Brendan Rodgers, management will need to make sure they make the right move when they finally decide to put an end to The Suarez Saga.
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