Luis Suarez is now officially a Barcelona player. On Friday, it was confirmed that the Spanish club have agreed a deal with Liverpool to sign the striker on a five-year contract (click here to read more)
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However, Suarez’s three-and-a-half years at Liverpool had been peppered with controversies. From racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra to biting Chelsea star Branislav Ivanovic to diving in and around the opposition’s penalty box, the former Ajax star had an eventful time at Anfield.
Suarez’s latest biting incident at the ongoing 2014 World Cup seems to have finally made the Liverpool bosses lose their patience with him.
The former Nacional star bit Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup game against Italy and was subsequently suspended for nine international matches.
The ex- Groningen forward was also banned from all football-related activities for four months, meaning that he will not be available until the end of October.
All this appear to have made Liverpool decide to sell Suarez to Barcelona for a transfer fee reported to be over £63 million.
Liverpool legend Michael Owen has admitted that he is disappointed to see Suarez leave the Reds, but believes that his move to Barcelona was best for all parties concerned.
Gutted Suarez has left and we won't see his football skills grace our Premier League next season. Probably best fo... http://t.co/7NTENYBWma— michael owen (@themichaelowen) July 11, 2014
‘Gutted Suarez has left and we won't see his football skills grace our Premier League next season’, the former Manchester United, Newcastle United and Real Madrid striker wrote on Sportlobster.com. ‘Probably best for all concerned though. What a player’.
Many Liverpool fans will agree with Owen (click here to read more). As brilliant a player as Suarez is, his behaviour on many occasions had threatened to tarnish the image that the Premier League club has all around the world.
Moreover, the Reds have received a hefty amount from his sale, which manager Brendan Rodgers can use to reinforce his squad and buy a replacement.