Liverpool football club will be able to cope without Luis Suarez, says the club’s owner John Henry.
The Uruguayan was sold to Barcelona in a five-year deal that cost the Catalan club close to 80 million euros. The 27-year-old received a nine-match international ban and a four-month suspension from all soccer-related activities for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s World Cup group stage match.
“It was time for Luis and time for the club to make a break,” said Henry. “He brought so much to the club but we brought a lot to Luis. I think you will still see a very explosive Liverpool offence this season.”
Suarez netted 31 times for Liverpool last season and helped to earn the Anfield club a return to Champions League football for the first time since the 2009-2010 season. He is expected to make his debut in Spain at the end of October.
Liverpool have also announced that Steven Gerrard should receive an extension to his contract. The former England captain has entered the final year of his current deal and manager Brendan Rodgers says he will look at the player’s contract soon.
“He is in real good condition and I’m sure it is something that will happen at some point,” says Rodgers. “I’m sure he will want it sorted. You never want to leave players with not too long to go on their contract.”