Liverpool need not fear! These teams coped without their best player

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been banned from football for four months by FIFA following his misconduct whilst representing Uruguay at the World Cup in Brazil.

The 27-year-old Liverpool striker scored an astonishing 31 goals in 33 appearances for the Reds last term in the Premier League to win the Golden Boot in May as well as making 21 assists for his team across the season.

Brendan Rodgers’ side will undoubtedly miss Luis Suarez but they may take comfort in the fact that many top teams over the years have coped without their star player.

1) Eric Cantona was banned from football for nine months whilst at Manchester United in the 1994/95 season for kung-fu kicking a Crystal Palace fan. The Red Devils still managed to finish second in the Premier League (behind Blackburn Rovers), came runners up in the FA Cup, and qualified for the Champions League under Sir Alex Ferguson.

2) Robin van Persie was injured whilst playing an international friendly for Netherlands in November 2009 and didn’t return to fitness until April 2010, missing five months of Arsenal’s campaign in the 2009/10 season.

The Gunners still managed to finish third in the league, qualifying for the Champions League and they went to the Quarterfinals of the Champions League that term, the Fourth Round of the FA Cup and the Fifth Round of the League Cup. Their top scorer was Cesc Fabregas with 19 goals in all competitions.

3) Theo Walcott, yet another Arsenal player on the list, was the Gunners’ top scorer in 2012/13 but was ruled out for six months last season in January of this year with ligament damage missing the campaign Arsenal finished third in the Premier League, won the FA Cup, qualified for the Champions League and got to the last sixteen in the Champions League.

4) Aaron Ramsey, his teammate was also injured last term and had been the North Londoners’ top scorer prior to his injury in December 2013, which saw him miss just over four months of the same campaign.

5) Robbie Fowler, Liverpool’s own legendary striker, broke his ankle bone in September 1999 and underwent surgery that saw him miss five months of the campaign returning in April 2000. His absence was ultimately responsible for the rise to stardom of a teenager called Michael Owen the year that Liverpool finished fourth in the league under Gerard Houllier.

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