Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby believes the club have to sell striker Luis Suarez as keeping an unhappy player is not helpful.
The Uruguay international is still on leave after international duty at the Confederations Cup but while he was in Brazil he made a number of references to disliking the way he has been treated by the British media while admitting it would be difficult to turn down a move to Real Madrid.
"The last thing you want is an unhappy player and Liverpool know that," Molby told BBC Radio Merseyside.
"They've been busy in the market (manager Brendan Rodgers has made four signings already) and it appears they're almost readying themselves for life without Suarez.
"I think he's made it pretty clear that he would like to try something new, including playing at a club that's in the Champions League. If that's how he feels, the club has to do the business."
However, there have been no offers for the 26-year-old and no word from him or his representatives on whether he expressly wishes to leave Anfield.
Suarez, who has three years left on a contract signed last summer, is scheduled to return for the Australia and Thailand legs of the Reds' pre-season tour and the club do not want the speculation to provide further distraction. But Molby believes if Suarez is as unhappy with aspects of British life as he claims to be then the Reds would be wise to sell him on.
There has also been speculation about goalkeeper Jose Reina, also still on holiday after the Confederations Cup, and a return to Barcelona.
The arrival of Sunderland's Simon Mignolet has raised further questions about the Spain international's future and Molby expects both Reina and Suarez will leave before the end of August.
"I'd be surprised if both of them were here on September 1," he added. "Could you imagine Mignolet wanting to come to Liverpool and not play?"