The Luis Suarez transfer saga hit new levels of tension after an explosive interview was published by the Telegraph and The Guardian on Tuesday night.
Suarez claims Liverpool have broken the promises they made him last summer, when he rejected interest from a Champions League side and opted to sign a new contract.
The player believes that a gentlemen's agreement between himself and manager Brendan Rodgers was made and has also claimed that a clause in his contract also makes this 'promise'.
In the interview published on Tuesday he threatened to take matters to the Premier League, he said: "I have the club's word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case but I do not want it to come to that.
"I don't feel betrayed (by Liverpool) but the club promised me something a year ago just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League.
"They gave me their word a year ago and now I want them to honour that. And it's not just something verbal with the coach but something that is written in the contract. I'm not going to another club to hurt Liverpool."
Liverpool are a proud club with a rich history. The club values integrity, respect and commitment above all things and Suarez has not only questioned the club's honour but has shown none of these values during the summer window.
Suarez's antics during his time at Anfield have threatened to damage the club's reputation and keeping him at the club when he clearly doesn't want to be there won't do anything to repair it.
Liverpool fans gave Suarez a great reception as he came onto the pitch during captain Steven Gerrard's testimonial match. If Suarez were to play for Liverpool again - unlikely - supporters will find it very difficult to show him the same generosity and understanding again after his comments about the club.
This whole saga can only be unsettling for his Liverpool team mates and reports have suggested they're sick to death of him. Suarez was a noticeable absentee at Gerrard's party to celebrate his testimonial.
Suarez is a wonderful player and is much too good to not be playing in the Champions League. Liverpool have not appeared in the prestigious competition since Rafa Benitez's final season at the club in 2009/10.
Arsenal however haven't failed to qualify for Europe's elite competition for the last 16 years running. They also appear to be the only club seriously interested in signing Suarez so if Suarez wants Champions League football, then the decision is an easy one.
Many past players and pundits have questioned why Suarez would join Arsenal. Well, there is your answer.
Arsenal financially are growing increasingly stronger and can now afford to pay top wages and big transfer fee's should they so desire. If they manage this new found wealth wisely they could quickly become serious contenders for the major honours.
Liverpool are in a rebuilding state and won't be able to compete for trophies for a few years at least, while Arsenal look to be closer to closing the gap. Arsenal aren't a huge step up from Liverpool at the moment but they are most certainly a step up.
Is Suarez's disruptive presence at Anfield really helping the club move forward? I would have to say no. The £50m Liverpool could get for him could prove to be much more helpful moving forward than keeping an unhappy player sulking on the bench.
Brendan Rodgers was clearly angered by the comments made by Suarez in his interview and rebuilding those bridges will certainly take time.
Letting Suarez leave seems to be the best remaining option for all concerning parties. Arsenal get their man, Suarez gets Champions League football and Liverpool would have got rid of an unsettling influence in the dressing room (plus 40-50million pounds).
If it were me I'd let him leave if Arsenal offered £50m and would focus all my attention on using that money to strenghten the squad with players that want to play for Liverpool.
What do you think is the best option for Liverpool? Leave your thoughts below.
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