Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has called on the club to end the furore surrounding Daniel Agger's future.
The Danish defender is attracting interest from Italian giants AC Milan, with a January switch to Serie A widely touted.
The Reds are understandably reluctant to part with the talented centre-half, but may see the issue taken out of their hands should they fail to convince Agger of his value to the club.
Talks over a new contract have stalled, much to the annoyance of Benitez who has now called on the Anfield hierarchy to resolve the distracting issue.
"The club have been too slow dealing with this and the player does not know where he stands," said the Spaniard.
"His situation is in the papers all the time now because we are not quick enough. I was talking with him and his agent, and it is clear that is the case.
"Daniel told me he wants to stay, and there is no doubt he is 100 per cent committed to the club. But they are waiting and waiting and do not know what is going on."
Meanwhile, with his own future on Merseyside still uncertain, Benitez admits he has halted contract discussions in order to concentrate his efforts on leading the club's title charge.
"It is true we could face a similar situation with other players, not just Agger," he said.
"I wanted to finish with my contract in one week, so I could deal with other things, but it has not been possible.
"There was a problem with it, and I decided to stop talks for the sake of the club and the team, so we could all concentrate on challenging for the title without any distractions.
"I really don't know whether it will prove difficult to resolve or not. For me, it should be easy because I am not talking about controlling everything.
"I am talking about football matters, working within a budget and making sure we continue to progress. That is all."