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Liverpool "better off" without Suarez - Hamann

Luis Suarez Photo: PA

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann feels the club will be better off in the long term without Luis Suarez.

Suarez was the Reds' star man last season, notching 31 Barclays Premier League goals to help them finish second in the table.

The Uruguay forward was subsequently hit with a four-month ban from all football-related activities for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup - he will learn the outcome of his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday - and Liverpool sold him to Barcelona for £75million.

The Merseysiders have splashed their cash considerably, bringing a raft of new players in such as Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren from Southampton, Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen and Lazar Markovic from Benfica, and Hamann thinks good business has been done.

The ex-Germany international is optimistic about Liverpool's prospects for the new campaign and confident they will not suffer too greatly for the departure of Suarez, whose three and a half years with the Anfield outfit were disrupted by lengthy suspensions for another biting incident and a racial abuse case.

Dietmar Hamann. Credit: PA

"I think Liverpool have bought well.

"I have always been very critical of Suarez's antics.

"In footballing terms, he is a big loss, but somebody else will score the goals and I think, long-term, they will be better off without him than with him.

"I'd rather have the six or seven players they have now than Suarez, because at the end of the day, if you want to win things, you need people you can trust, and he can't be trusted.

"All he has to show from his time at Liverpool is a League Cup winner's medal. He is not leaving a team that was ruling the Premier League or Europe during that the last few years.

"He is a player who scored goals, but at the end of the day they only got into the Champions League with him last season."

– Dietmar Hamann, speaking to Press Association Sport