Former Liverpool midfielder John Barnes believes that if the club intends on selling star striker Luis Suarez, they should do so sooner rather than later.
The Uruguay international revealed earlier in the summer that he was hoping to leave Anfield, and Arsenal have already seen a couple of bids for the striker rejected.
The Reds have been hopeful on changing Suarez's mind, with manager Brendan Rodgers saying that the forward was still a big part of his plans.
Barnes, though, says that the Reds should avoid selling the player at the last minute to avoid a difficult situation.
"We’ve seen in the past when transfers go down to the last minute that it doesn’t help anybody, especially for a club like Liverpool who, if they lose Suarez, would have to find a big-name replacement," he told talkSPORT.
"I’d like it to be done sooner rather than later because if it goes down to the last day, and you then have to go and get somebody, it’s not ideal.
"As far as Suarez is concerned, if he’s not going to be happy, then he has to go.
"We can all say, ‘yes, we think Suarez is going to be a player like Carlos Tevez, who gives 100 per cent no matter what’ but we don’t know what his mental state is going to be if he doesn’t get his wish."
Last time Liverpool were in a transfer deadline day shuffle, they saw Fernando Torres depart for Chelsea while they splashed out GBP 35 million and Andy Carroll, who has since been shipped off to West Ham United at big a loss.