When the transfer window slammed shut after a busy summer of activity, it was with a sigh of relief that Liverpool fans could boast to having retained the services of Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan talent had toyed with the idea of moving firstly to the Emirates and then to the Bernabeu, but with a combination of talks from Brendan Rogers and the continuing adoration of the Anfield faithful allowed himself to be convinced into saying.
It's with a degree of certainty however that I can say that any Liverpool fans hoping for a replica scenario at the end of January are set to be disappointed.
Though Arsenal seem content to leave the Reds alone for the time being, Real Madrid are very much still harbour hopes of dressing Suarez in the brilliant white strip that the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale currently adorn.
And if there's one thing that can be taken from the protracted pursuits of those two men it's this; Florentino Perez does not miss his man.
As a general rule, whenever Los Blancos decide that they really want to bring a player to their club, he ends up there. That's regardless of the opposing club's desire to keep their individual, or how much money they hold out for.
In recent days the talk of the town has been that the powers at be at Madrid are ready to act in January in order to push a move through, and will more than likely be prepared to offload one or two of their disposable players to raise the funds required.
Suarez has been in lethal form for Liverpool this season- netting eight times in his opening six Premier League matches- and the Reds should realise that no matter how far up the table they climb, or how far above their weight they may punch, he is always going to desire the move to the Spanish capital.
Things could be worse of course.
A Luis Suarez firing on all cylinders at Real Madrid is likely be likely to be far less of a danger to Rogers' men than a Luis Suarez routing the Premier League with the likes of Arsenal or Chelsea. In this way it's with a sort of 'lesser of two evils' approach that Liverpool should be at the very least un-regretful when it comes to selling their main man abroad.
Of course if Brendan Rogers is half the manager that his record suggests he is he will have been prepared for this a long time ago. Controversial he may be, but few can deny that the 27-year-old isn't an asset to any team he's playing in, and talent like his needs to be replaced sooner rather than later.
So whether it's with a smile of satisfaction or a grimace of shock Liverpool fans need to accept that Real Madrid will get their man in January if Carlo Ancelotti wishes it.
Ultimately the Spanish giants aren't in the business of being refused.
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