It’s not clear exactly what game Luis Suarez and his agent are playing at, but the odds are increasing exponentially that he will leave Liverpool, after the striker basically issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Real Madrid.
Suarez’s agent, Pere Guardiola, said on the Thursday that the Uruguayan would not be leaving Liverpool anytime soon.
But free to speak his mind on international duty, surrounded by his national support network, Suarez has again suggested that he wants to leave Liverpool, citing the harsh treatment he has received from the English media and public as the main reason.
"I do not know when I'm going and I do not know if I'm staying," Suarez said at a press conference ahead of Uruguay's weekend friendly against France.
"Obviously the club want me to stay, but I've talked to the coach (Brendan Rodgers) and he knows what I want.
"He was a player and my team-mates understand that my situation is difficult. It's a good moment for a change of environment because of all I've been through in England, where I haven't been judged as a player but based on other things.
"I have only words of thanks to the club, the fans of Liverpool, but the treatment I received from the rest of England in recent weeks has been tough. It (Liverpool) is a spectacular club, but they are aware of the way that the press treats me."
"My family, my image - that's what matters to me most," Suarez had said earlier in an interview with Uruguayan radio station, Sport 890.
"The coach and some colleagues know that I suffered, I was treated badly and I did not feel comfortable and they know perfectly.
"It's nothing against Liverpool, on the contrary, I feel very comfortable at the club, but I have a daughter and I do not want to hear bad things about her father. In England they talk about many things and in some ways I feel uncomfortable.
"If I stay it is because it is a great club but also in turn I know that it is difficult because of the harassment I get from the press."
Liverpool fans are beginning to accept the possibility that Suarez could be sold to Real Madrid, even though no official bids have been made yet.
Optimistically, they point to when the Reds sold iconic striker Ian Rush, and bought John Barnes, John Aldridge and Peter Beardsley to make an even better team.
The hope is that if Suarez is sold for upwards of £45 million, top-quality additions will be bought to replace him.
Meanwhile, if Suarez does not want his daughter to hear bad things about him in Spain, or wherever he lands up, perhaps he would do well not to abuse or bite anybody there.