Luis Suarez has hinted £40m transfer trouble is on the horizon for Liverpool

In the last 10 years, bids of around £40m have told everything about Liverpool’s position in the world game.

Flashback to the summer of 2013 and Arsenal’s infamous but short-lived pursuit of Luis Suarez provided manager Brendan Rodgers with an unwanted distraction ahead of the Reds’ international tour of Indonesia, Australia and Thailand.

Fresh from a stunning seventh-place finish in the Premier League, the Liverpool star was courted by the Gunners and later the subject of a club-record bid of £40,000,001.

Despite announcing his intention to hand in an official transfer request to agitate a move to north London, captain Steven Gerrard’s input ultimately persuaded the Uruguayan to stay at Anfield for one final season.

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But 12 months and 31 Premier League goals later, Suarez was linked with Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr at Barcelona after his stunning 2013/2014 campaign was rewarded with a move to Barcelona.

Even with Suarez’s championship, Liverpool had found themselves pipped to the Premier League title by Manchester City. But despite boasting an exciting collection of attacking talent – with e.g. Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling and Philippe Coutinho – the Catalan club’s lure proved too much for Suarez to resist.

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