The Anfield club's manager is running out of time to find a suitable resolution to the transfer saga involving the Uruguayan, according to Michael Huguenin
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is stuck in an untenable situation when it comes to want-away striker Luis Suarez, as his options to replace the Uruguayan are dwindling fast.
Suarez has been a divisive figure throughout his career and has taken on pariah status in England since joining Liverpool due to incidents of diving and racism, plus his infamous bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
But having scored 30 goals in 44 games for Liverpool last season, the 26-year-old Uruguayan forward remains critical to Rodgers' game plan, as the Northern Irish manager attempts to make the Reds contenders for the Premier League.
While the prospect of having an unhappy Suarez in his dressing room throughout the 2013-14 season may not appeal to Rodgers or some Reds fans, the 40-year-old manager knows he will struggle to sign a player of the same quality before Liverpool's first game of the Premier League season.
Suarez is one of the most-dangerous forwards in world football and with Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain), Radamel Falcao (Monaco) and Mario Gomez (Fiorentina) already snapped up in the current European transfer window, there are very few options left if Liverpool decide to off-load him.
It is a seller's market and Rodgers seemed well aware of that when he spoke after Liverpool's 2-0 win over Melbourne Victory on Wednesday.
"There is no doubt that the market nowadays for top players is very small," Rodgers said.
"So Luis will always be linked with top clubs."
Suarez announced at the end of last season that he wanted to leave England and while Real Madrid initially appeared interested in the former Ajax striker, it seems Arsenal have made the biggest moves to sign him.
Arsenal have reportedly already submitted bids in the vicinity of £40million, which have been rejected by Liverpool, who believe Suarez is worth the same as his compatriot Cavani; purchased by PSG from Napoli for a reported fee of £55m.
But Rodgers will be desperate not to be left undermanned up front this season after being left with just two recognised strikers heading into his first campaign as Liverpool manager.
Rodgers let Andy Carroll join West Ham on loan at the beginning of the 2012/13 Premier League season, believing he would sign Clint Dempsey. However, the American went to Tottenham instead and Rodgers was left with just Suarez and Fabio Borini to play up front.
Liverpool fans got a taste of what a season with Borini up front would be like versus Victory, as the 22-year-old Italian was largely anonymous, before being replaced by Iago Aspas with 20 minutes remaining at the MCG.
Without Suarez, Liverpool would have Borini, Aspas and Daniel Sturridge to play up front; hardly the strike force title-winning teams are made of.
Liverpool have already missed out on Armenian forward Henrikh Mkhitaryn, who joined Borussia Dortmund for £21.5m, while other strikers who are potentially on the move this European summer, like Valencia's Roberto Soldado and Bafetimbi Gomis of Lyon, would represent a risk, as they are unproven in England.
Some Liverpool fans may be keen to cash in on Suarez rather than endure another season of potential suspensions and long-running tabloid stories but a look at the strikers around Europe who may be available indicates Rodgers will need every penny of a potential £55m transfer fee to replace the Uruguayan.
The two players who are potentially available and good enough to cover Suarez are Robert Lewandowski of Dortmund and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney but both would cost Liverpool a premium price, while the Anfield club's lack of UEFA Champions League football would make it tough to convince either to sign.
Rodgers clearly still rates Suarez as a key member of his team and, after being stung in the transfer window last season, the ex-Swansea boss will do everything to keep the divisive striker unless he is guaranteed an acceptable replacement.