"I feel sorry for what happened, I felt for my Liverpool friends," reflects former Reds manager Gerard Houllier on the bite incident that has overshadowed a festival of football high on aesthetics currently being played out in Brazil.
Had Uruguay talent Luis Suarez not bitten Italy enforcer Giorgio Chiellini then the attacker could have gone on to stake his claim for the Golden Ball award, the prize given to the World Cup tournament's best player - likely to be handed to Colombia breakout star James Rodriguez based on current form.
Houllier believes Suarez would have played his way into that class, with his two-goal heroics against the English a solid foundation for greater form.
"He's such an outstanding talent that could have been player of the tournament, the way things had been going, simple as that," said Houllier, according to the Mirror.
"When Uruguay played the match against Colombia I think they were under the shock [of the ban]. They played four games and won two with Suarez and they lost two without him. You don't like to see an outstanding talent out of football for so long.
"He made a mistake, he will agree with that and even apologised and now we just have to wait until he comes back."