Luis Suarez has handed Brendan Rodgers a big problem.
His decision to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini yesterday has put the Anfield boss under a lot of pressure, after a season where the striker has been a world class performer for a club that nearly won the Premier League title.
Rodgers will now be bombarded with questions relating to the incident as soon as the press and TV broadcasters are able to stick a microphone or TV camera under his nose.
What he says and does could have an impact on how Liverpool perform next season.
There are fans that will simply say get rid, take the reported big money offers on the table from Real Madrid and Barcelona.
FIFA are investigating the incident any ban which follows could apply to all forms of football meaning Liverpool would have a world class player they can’t use.
That argument will be based on the fact this is the third time Suarez has been caught biting an opponent when Rodgers and club captain Steven Gerrard worked tirelessly to get him to behave and then sign a new contract last season.
Rodgers is in an awkward position because such is Suarez’ quality, his instant reaction could be to support the player until the details of any ban become apparent.
There has been talk of a two-year ban but that seems to be an instant reaction and assessment of the situation.
If that turns out to be the length of the ban then Rodgers faces a lose-lose situation.
He either stands by a player he can’t use for two years or sells him and gets criticised for letting a player of Suarez’ quality leave Anfield.
Should he choose that option, it’s something he’s going to get criticised for in the same way Kenny Dalglish was criticised for defending Suarez in the case of the Patrice Evra affair.
Rodgers is fully aware, and has admitted several times, that Liverpool are a much better side with Suarez than without him.
It’s also certain that he won’t speak to anyone publicly about the incident until he’s had a chance to talk with the player himself.
Only then can he decide which front to put forward; the unified front, defending his star player or the front which offers a club hope of realistically being able to do a deal.
Suarez should rightfully feel ashamed of his actions and the chaos they subsequently cause for his club.
If Rodgers has taught Liverpool fans anything it’s that he uses common sense and puts the club before anything else and that will be the same when he assesses this situation.