Liverpool latest: Reds legend bemoans unfair Suarez ban as forward departs

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There is really nowhere else to start other than with Luis Suarez. The Liverpool striker has been embroiled in yet another nightmare situation, as camera footage caught him biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during the Uruguay vs Italy game a the World Cup on Tuesday. It's the third time in his career that Suarez has been caught biting an opponent, with Otman Bakkal and Branislav Ivanovic also previous victims.

FIFA's punishment has been swift and severe; a nine game international ban and a four month ban from all football activity, meaning he will miss the start of the Premier League season - and Reds legend John Aldridge says that it's unfair on Liverpool given that the incident occurred whilst playing for Uruguay.

"From a Liverpool point of view, it's hard to take; last time, he did it in a Liverpool shirt and played for Uruguay while he was suspended," said Aldridge. "Maybe give him a complete ban from international football for the rest of his life as we know how passionate he is about Uruguay. The fact he wouldn't play for them ever again – would that make a difference? I'm just thinking of it from a Liverpool point of view."

“"But it is harsh when you think of how little time Uruguay have got [with him suspended]. There will be a lot of Liverpool fans who aren't too happy - but no one can condone him," added the former Tranmere Rovers boss.

The ban limits Suarez from playing, but not from being sold - meaning transfer speculation over his future will rumble on. Some believe that this is the final straw for the final Ajax man at Anfield, and TalkSports' Graham Beecroft suggested that if Barcelona and Real Madrid choose to firm up their interest in the 27-year-old, then it may be best to let him leave given the trouble he has caused.

"If Real Madrid or Barcelona come in and offer the sort of money which is in his release clause in his contract, they can take him but he still can’t play," he told TalkSport. "If those are the circumstances and if Liverpool did get that kind of offer they would let him go because I think they’ve done everything they possibly can to get Luis Suarez integrated into Liverpool Football Club and into their style of play.

"They have tried to get him to behave the way people should on a football pitch but it appears he’s hotwired to behave in the opposite direction. I don’t think they can take anymore time [with him] and possibly get themselves affected once again by bad publicity which Luis Suarez might bring to the club."

"I think if they got an offer from Real or Barcelona and a transfer was allowed then I think Luis Suarez would be saying goodbye to Liverpool and overall that would be the right decision," he added.

In other non-Suarez news, one forward has left Merseyside today as Luis Alberto has put the finishing touches to his season-long loan move to Malaga. The Spaniard, 21, had little impact at the club after arriving from Sevilla a year ago, and in a bid to give him more first team football, manager Brendan Rodgers has allowed Alberto to return to La Liga with Malaga.

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