Transfer talk has already begun surrounding Luis Suarez and a January move, after Spanish newspaper Marca last month identified him as one of two top targets for Real Madrid.
Suarez had a tumultuous summer due to repeated interest from Arsenal, and just last week international teammate Edinson Cavani stated the striker harboured ambitions of playing for Madrid.
That may indeed be true, but as for it happening in January, don't count on it.
Suarez may be Europe's hottest property due to the fact he is not cup-tied for the Champions League, or Europa for that matter, but the striker apparently has no intention of leaving Liverpool in January.
Having just returned to action from his 10 game ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, and hitting superb form early into his comeback, the striker is said to be unwilling to disturb that, his eye on the bigger picture of next year's World Cup.
That is the considered view of Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, who told SkySports in a readers questions section on their website:
"I don't think Luis Suarez is going to leave in the winter, [...] but in the summer, who knows? His priority has to be to have a good season and World Cup, and then we'll see."
He went onto confirm that Diego Costa was approached by Liverpool in the transfer window but chose to remain at Atletico Madrid, where he is in top form.
Suarez is integral to Uruguay's chances of success at next year's World Cup tournament in Brazil, described by international teammate Diego Lugano as the second best player in the world, behind only Lionel Messi.
He is presently linking up superbly for Liverpool with fellow in-form striker Daniel Sturridge, the pair dubbed the 'SAS'. Suarez no doubt feels the pressure in his homeland to deliver next summer, and if he is enjoying his football at Liverpool again, why risk upsetting everything by even entertaining the thought of forcing through an unpopular move mid-season, one which Liverpool may not allow anyway and could see him consigned back to training with the reserves if he kicks up a fuss.
It seems the striker, for now at least, knows which side his bread is buttered.
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