Uruguay hang Suarez shirt up as Liverpool team-mate admits they missed him

Sebastian Coates

Luis Suarez's absence was keenly felt against Colombia yesterday.

Uruguay are out of the World Cup after a masterclass from Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez. His smiling and playful starring performance was certainly in stark contrast to that of Uruguay's star man - who was not present for obvious reasons.

But despite Luis Suarez being banned for all footballing activities the Uruguayan team decided to put out his kit, as a homage to the one man biting machine, in hope it would inspire them to victory against their South American rivals.

Evidently, it did not.

And one Liverpool player has made it clear that Suarez was missed - despite the efforts of his team-mates.

The fact Liverpool's young centre-back Sebastian Coates is even at the World Cup is a miracle in itself. He spent the entire 2013-14 season on the sidelines with a serious knee injury.

He watched the game from the bench yesterday and had this to say on Suarez's absence:

“Luis is a great player and we missed him. But we have a lot of players without Luis who gave everything for the team."

But the lack of Suarez was more than made up for by the mere presence of James - who is fast becoming the most talked about footballer in the world.

If he knocks Brazil out in their own backyard, he might even be dubbed one of the world's best.

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