For the past 18 months, Luis Suarez's tenure at Liverpool has seemed like an untenable situation, at times appearing as though it would be only a matter of time before the striker moved on to pastures new.
It was only a fortnight ago that Martin Del Palacio of the Evening Standard had reported that Real Madrid remained interested in the Uruguayan international's services and were "convinced" that the player would be theirs by the 2014/15 campaign.
However, in a renewed effort to ensure that isn't the case, it's now emerged that the Reds are once again attempting to extend the contract of their star, currently set to expire in 2016, but this time will make the forward one of the Premier League's best-paid player.
Earlier this week, James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo had reported that the club's managing director Ian Ayre had flown out to Barcelona in an attempt to seal the deal with Suarez's agent.
One who would disagree with jumping to extend Suarez's deal just yet is former Anfield figure Dietmar Hamann who, per the Telegraph, has called upon the striker to show his loyalty to the club.
The German is quoted as saying:
What must not happen is we have a situation next summer as we had last summer. He could sign a new contract now, take the £200,000 a week, the team finishes outside the top four and you have the same shenanigans.
I want him to stay but there needs to be clarity. He has got to understand what it means to commit. If there is a clause that he can go for £60million, £80million and someone pays it, that is obviously fair enough, but you can't have a situation again like you had last summer.
In cases such as these, where a club is in the process of laying out such massive sums of money, the most obvious and relevant argument is risk factor against potential gain.
Is Suarez worth a £200,000-a-week deal?
With Suarez, the Reds have one of the most proven reasons to pay a player £200,000-a-week in Premier League history. Yes, it's disappointing that the sport has reached the stage where money sometimes talks a little too loudly, but such is the nature of the beast.
With 17 goals and eight assists in just 11 games this season, per Transfermarkt.co.uk, the South American is once again blazing a trail through the Premier League.
It's nothing new, however. In fact, Suarez could argue his case for being the most consistent finisher in the world, having never failed to reach double digits in scoring during his nine seasons as a professional at Nacional, Groningen, Ajax and Liverpool.
Squawka stats show just what a predator Suarez has been this term:
12 - Luis Suarez has averaged 12 touches per game in the opposition box this season; at least 3 more than any other player in the PL. Pest.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 20, 2013
It's no secret that Suarez has been through a lot of turmoil at Anfield. Granted, one would argue that a good deal of that is self-inflicted, but the player has nonetheless stuck around where others would have switched.
The Independent's Darren Richman briefly ways the positives against the negatives:
The facts are that Suarez was racist, lied about it, refused to apologise then refused to shake hands. He is, however, very good at football— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) December 19, 2013
In kind, it would take a club of extraordinary resolve to put up with what controversies there have been during the talisman's time on Merseyside, but remain side-by-side they have, and are now looking more likely of reaping the benefits.
With chances of European football looking brighter than they ever have in the last four years, Liverpool may yet be able to offer Suarez the Champions League participation he seeks in 2014, which would only galvanise the club in seeing off the attention of prying eyes.
Rodgers' side have shown some incredible strength in keeping Suarez a Red over the last two seasons, and another contract extension could well bring the hitman into his 30s, should he do the unthinkable and see the whole thing out in his current environment.
After so many hurdles, Suarez may yet join the ranks of Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Robbie Fowler, not just in scoring figures, but as one of Liverpool's most revered figures and a key contributor in getting the club back to giant status.