In hot demand over the summer, Liverpool managed to pull off one of the transfer markets greatest coups not with a direct acquisition but, like Aston Villa keeping hold of Christian Benteke, by retaining the services of their greatest asset.
And, for the Anfield club - and indeed the Premier League as whole - the stand-out player who is statistically on a par with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi is Luis Suarez, a striker subject to a brace of bids from Arsenal, both of which were rejected, but a forward whose current form is so awe-inspiring, so dazzling and so aesthetically-pleasing and efficient that he now must be one of the most coveted players in world football.
Valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £37m, in truth Suarez has likely added tens of millions to his likely summer price-tag of £50m.
Liverpool are hopeful of not only rejecting any winter window bid from one of Suarez's many pursuers - Arsenal and Real Madrid are just two - but keeping him long-term, as he is no doubt fundamental to their push for major honours in the present and immediate future.
However, could the key to Suarez's happiness be a 17-year-old wonderkid called Kevin Mendez, a Penarol forward who was a star at last summer's U-17 World Cup?
Liverpool, along with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Internazionale are such admirers of the teenager's style that they have scouted the talent and, with a bid as modest as £3m expected to be enough to convince his employer to part company with him, The Mirror claim a fee could be forthcoming.
If Real Madrid and Arsenal wanted to be cunning… would it be worth them joining the race for Mendez's signature so that they have an additional bargaining tool should they ever get to the stage of personal term negotiations with Suarez?
With skills like his - he returned two goals and two assists in 334 minutes of the U-17 World Cup - he may well be worth it by himself…
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