In the 62nd minute against Thailand, Liverpool's star player, Luis Suarez, entered the field of play to a rapturous standing ovation.
Although, understandably, not playing to the best of his ability, Suarez still encapsulated the attention of every single fan in the Rajamangala Stadium as he went on to provide an average performance, hitting the crossbar with a headed effort and causing the defence trouble with his usual trickery and skill.
Though not a solid display on the field, it is the off-field antics that will continue to grab the most headlines.
Throughout the summer, Suarez has been linked with a host of clubs: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Arsenal to name but a few, although the latter are the only club to have made a formal bid for the Liverpool forward thus far.
The £40,000,001 bid is rumoured to, however, not be enough for Arsene Wenger to prise Suarez away from the Reds amidst speculation that only bids of more than £50m will be enough to secure Suarez's signature.
But, for Liverpool, Suarez means so much more to them than any potential big-money deal. His 23 goals and five assists in the Premier League were vital to Liverpool and, without them, would have seen the club finish far lower than seventh.
Not only does he score and create goals from seemingly nothing, he is also an entertainer. No other Premier League footballer can dazzle the fans with his technical ability and skill like Suarez can and, controversy aside, no-one can hide from the fact that he is easily one of the best footballers in the world.
A potential move to fourth-placed rivals Arsenal would be catastrophic for Liverpool. Not only in the sense that they are gaining a world-class player and Liverpool losing one, but also the fact that Suarez is almost irreplaceable. There is no other striker like him, and even if Liverpool were to look for a different type of striker, the options are lessening day by day.
After Monaco secured the signing of Falcao and PSG the same with Cavani, there are few strikers left that would provide the same goalscoring prowess as Suarez does.
So for Liverpool, the money should be the last thing in their mind. What they have in Suarez is so unique, that without him it would be hard to see Liverpool challenge for the top four again this year and at least until they can find someone similar.
So until September, Liverpool fans will just have to hope that Real Madrid don't come knocking on Ian Ayre's door.
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