In the summer, strong interest from Arsenal was enough to kick Luis Suarez in to one of his favourite tantrums.
The Gunners showed initiative, bidding a then-club record fee of £40m in exchange for his services.
It wasn't enough to convince Liverpool to sell but it was enough to convince Suarez to kick up a fuss in the hope that Brendan Rodgers will accept Arsenal's bid.
But Liverpool were resolute and flat-out refused to negotiate with Arsene Wenger.
Liverpool fans will be more than happy that they managed to keep hold of the Uruguayan considering he has so far scored 17 Premier League goals - more than Tottenham - in 11 appearances.
Suarez was good last season and brilliant at times but this season he has simply moved on to another level.
While its obvious that the Anfield faithful are delighted to see Suarez still playing in the famous Red of Merseyside, the player himself may be thanking his lucky stars that he didn't sign for the Gunners.
The reason is because Liverpool have grown much strong and are arguably on the same playing field as Arsenal.
Suarez wanted to leave Liverpool and only Arsenal were willing to make an offer. He must have seen the Emirates as the perfect stepping stone to the elite - Real Madrid, Barcelona and the like.
He has now bypassed the need for a stepping stone like Arsenal and deserves to be playing for one of the top clubs in the world now.
While the likes of Real and Bayern Munich were unwilling to take a chance on the controversial star in the summer, Suarez seems more than worth a bit of trouble now.
He's focusing on his football, staying out of trouble and performing better than ever.
If £40m wasn't enough to sign him in the summer, imagine what fee he could command now; £60m? £80m?
Not only that but his wages will be astronomical and could be out of reach for Arsenal's strict structure.
Wenger came close to signing Suarez in the summer, but it was only because he was the only manager willing to take a chance on him.
That chance is now gone. Every manager in the world would want to work with Suarez now and, if you had the choice of any club in the world, Arsenal wouldn't come too high up on the list.
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