Just say no! - Liverpool owner Henry deserves credit for his stance

Luis Suarez could have been an Arsenal player in the summer - if John Henry hadn't have told The Gunners no!

This summer saw Liverpool on the rack - trying their best to hold onto arguably their best player Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan had his head turned in the summer by the thought of Champions League football.

And it was Arsenal who made the move for the player.

Arsene Wenger knew the club needed a big signing to lift the spirits of their despondent fans - and he abandoned his pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain to make a move for the player.

They then made a bid, a strange one, for the extravagant sum of £40 million plus a pound for his services - with the apparent belief that they would be initiating his release clause and Liverpool would be obliged to accept.

But they didn’t - leaving us all to assume Arsenal had got their figures wrong.

Perhaps he didn’t have a release clause after all. But then, in March, Liverpool owner John Henry made it clear that Arsenal did trigger a buy-out clause - but they simply chose to ignore it:

“…He had a buy-out clause of £40m. So Arsenal, one of our prime rivals this year, they offered £40m and one pound for him and triggered his buy-out clause. But what we've found over the years is that contracts don't seem to mean a lot in England - actually not in England, in world football. Since apparently these contracts don't seem to hold, we took the position we're just not selling…”

This act of obtuse thinking by Henry was certainly brazen - and it has proven to be fantastic for Liverpool.

He went on to say that with Suarez they could make the Champions League - and even potentially win the Premier League.

A month or so down the line and he might just be right - meanwhile Everton are also thanking Henry for his decision to simply say no to Arsenal.

With Suarez there should be no doubt - Arsenal would be in that top four right now, in fact, they would still be in the title hunt.

For Liverpool keeping hold of Suarez has simply been key to their exceptional season - and Henry should be praised for his belligerence.

Sometimes it pays to just say ‘NO!’

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch