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Liverpool, Suarez confirm striker is leaving Anfield for Barcelona

Jul 11, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

Britain Soccer Premier League AP

The poorly-kept secret is out in the open, as Liverpool has admitted that Luis Suarez is skipping town.

Barcelona is the destination and will be his fifth club since 2005, having played for Nacional, Groningen and Ajax before joining the Reds in 2007.

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Suarez, 27, played in 110 league matches and bit one man during his time at Anfield, the same exact figures as his time with Ajax.

He scored 31 goals for the Reds last year, but became expendable upon taking his teething issues to the international stage in the World Cup this summer.

From Liverpoolfc.com:

Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suarez will be leaving the club after a transfer agreement was reached with FC Barcelona. The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities, which will then conclude the transfer.

We would like to thank Luis for his contribution and the role he played in helping bring Champions League football back to Anfield.

Everyone at Liverpool Football Club wishes Luis and his family well for the future.

FIFA suspended Suarez from soccer for nine matches and four months after his bite of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. FIFA has rejected his appeal, though he can still appeal to the Court of Arbitration of Sport.

A $137 million fee has previously been reported for the transfer.

Here’s what Suarez said, from the AP:

“It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain,” Suarez said in a statement released by Liverpool.

“Me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city. We will always be Liverpool supporters. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife’s family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.”

Liverpool has been active in the transfer market, adding Southampton’s Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

  1. Greg - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Remember that transfer ban Barcelona had? No, of course you’re not supposed to remember that

  2. footballer4ever - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    As a great footballers that Suarez is, he has just continues to be a liability. Good for Liverpool Football Club to do away with him and have another football club Bite the dust.

  3. dkalev - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Great. Fits in perfect with the classless Barca players… Can’t wait to see him bite Pepe… Pepe will rip his teeth out!

  4. chunkala - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:34 AM

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  5. chunkala - Jul 11, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    I’m completely shocked that Red Sox management chose to rid themselves of this psychopath. Since they have decreased their numbes by one deplorable person, look for them to pick up another terrible person like Balotelli to pick up the slack.

    • scoochpooch - Jul 11, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      Thumbs down for accurate statements.

  6. martin492013 - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    Stay classy Barca………This move will come back to bite them in the ass…….literally

  7. gofuckagoat - Jul 11, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Suarez is awesome. All of these people saying he needs psychiatric help and this and that…
    NONSENSE!!!
    All he needs is a mouth piece.
    I’ll take that guy on my team any day.

  8. rickapolis - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Good riddance. Liverpool is well rid of him.

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