Liverpool fans have reacted to the news they won't have their best player available for four months.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez bizarrely chose to bite Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini and his punishment has been handed out.
The forward misses nine international games for Uruguay and four months of any football related activity, which puts Brendan Rodgers’ side in a very difficult position ahead of the new season.
It’s a lose-lose situation for Rodgers because selling Suarez to Barcelona or Real Madrid loses his best player and impacts the club’s ability to attract a certain calibre of player in the transfer market.
However, should he urge the club to stand by the Uruguayan, he’s got a player who won’t be anywhere near his best until the New Year as he’s restricted training with his Liverpool teammates.
Rodgers will also face huge criticism in the media and from some sections of the club’s support base if he decides to stand by the controversial Uruguayan who is arguably the best striker in the world at the moment.
How the club go about getting some extra fire power in ahead of the new season remains to be seen but the system from last season will have to change to account for Suarez’ absence.
Rodgers can use new signing Rickie Lambert up front to maintain a two man attack but how he plays with and alongside Daniel Sturridge is something Rodgers hasn’t been able to judge yet.
Sturridge himself could move further forward to play an out and out centre forward role in the Liverpool attack, rather than a slightly left sided position which we saw at various points last season.
Liverpool not having Suarez available is a huge bonus for the club’s rivals and it presents Rodgers with the biggest challenge of his career as the Reds face another season trying to win the league and the challenge of European football.
Here’s what Liverpool fans made of the ban news on Twitter.
That Suarez ban isn't too bad for #LFC fans. Expected worse really.— Callum (@Calfreezy) June 26, 2014
Ben thatcher elbowed Pedro mendes. Knocked him out. He swallowed his tongue and had a seizure. Was hospitalised. Got an 8 match ban.#suarez— the redmen (@Redordead8) June 26, 2014
Why must this Suarez ban affect Lfc, am very angry at Fifa. Why cant it be just Urugauy alone?— Adarkwa_Y_Robert (@Sir_Chapters) June 26, 2014
Haven't got a clue what to say about this, angry with FIFA and more with Suarez, proves your better punching someone or breaks they legs#lfc— donnypele (@paulod79) June 26, 2014
As #LFC supporter I'm angry it has affected this upcoming season, and angry at Suarez for putting us in this position. But he needs help..— John Dellipriscoli (@JDell6) June 26, 2014
I personally reckon Suarez got off lightly. I dont understand why #LFC fans are getting angry, its his own fault!— Alex Farr (@AlexFarr4) June 26, 2014
How can people say the ban for Suarez is unfair, if anything it needs to be harsher— Kyle Nightingill (@KCNightingill) June 26, 2014
I'm not condoning what Suarez done, he's been a disgrace. But for Fifa to penalise #LFC aswell by the 4 month ban its totally unfair.— Jay Riley (@Jay_78_) June 26, 2014
Suarez' ban was what he deserved, buts just unfair on LFC, once again, our chances of silverware are weakened by a ban.— Danny Hill (@DannyJsnHill) June 26, 2014
The Suarez ban is rather unfair. Banning him from stadiums was also unnecessary...— Mlungisi Ngoma (@MartyMcNificent) June 26, 2014