It may have been swept under the rug at Liverpool, but the summer's top story was undoubtedly the long-running saga of Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan admitted to a national newspaper that he wanted to leave Liverpool, to focus on a move to a club with Champions League football.
He even said he would be prepared to join another English team to do so, hinting at Arsenal who had made an offer for him.
Arsenal offered a fee of £40 million plus £1 for the player, hoping to trigger a release clause they believed in his contract, only to discover this was not the case.
Relations between Arsenal and Liverpool soured, with the Merseyside club adamant that Suarez was not for sale at any cost to a team they felt was a competitor for Champions League football.
And all summer long Arsenal looked vulnerable. They had failed to strengthen while all around them had, despite their best efforts to bring in new players.
Then on Monday one hour before the transfer deadline closed, Arsenal clinched the signing of German superstar Mesut Ozil.
Ozil is the sort of player who has been likened to Dennis Bergkamp, in the potential impact he can have on Arsenal.
Not only can he lift them with his own qualities, his signing is a statement, one that Arsenal have made emphatically and will not have gone unnoticed around Europe.
It says everything about Ozil that not only were Madrid's fans pleading with him to stay, but star players Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos have expressed 'anger' and 'upset' that the playmaker has gone.
Over at Liverpool, it's hard not to imagine there is not a little jealousy in the mind of Luis Suarez.
while he looked a pretty content figure watching his team beat United at Anfield at the weekend, and he situation has been resolved - and well handled by Liverpool, it's only natural Suarez would have taken note of Ozil's transfer.
Not only have Arsenal spent big on a different player, Ozil is exactly the sort of player Suarez could thrive off playing alongside.
And this boils down to why he wanted to leave in the first place. To play in a team capable of attracting world class players, and competing in the Champions League.
Liverpool fell short in their attempts to attract marquee attacking players this summer, and if they do not achieve a top four position this term, Suarez may repeat his stance next summer.
The positive issue is, Liverpool on the pitch are looking healthier than ever, and if Suarez knuckles down, forgets about the summer and what might have been and what could be - he has a chance to control his own destiny by leading the Reds into the top four.
How do you think Suarez feels about the Ozil deal? Do you buy that he is happy at Liverpool?
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