Luis Suarez to leave Liverpool

Liverpool have finalised the terms of a club-record fee with Barcelona for the sale of striker Luis Suarez.

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Ex-Liverpool star: 'I see the logic' of letting Suarez go

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge said he could "see the logic" in the club letting Luis Suarez leave after he was hit with a four-month ban for biting a player at the World Cup.

Some Liverpool supporters were not overly distressed at the move either - one fan told ITV News he "didn't want him" at the club anyway, while another said he was "not a good role model".

ITV News Sports Correspondent Ian Payne reports.

Read: How the internet reacted to the Luis Suarez transfer

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Steven Gerrard hails Liverpool 'legend' Suarez

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has issued a heartfelt message praising Luis Suarez as an "amazing talent" and a "legend" at the club.

Steven Gerrard's Instagram message about Luis Suarez. Credit: Instagram/Steven Gerrard

The England international wrote the message on his Instagram account following the news of Suarez's move to Spanish side Barcelona.

Read: Rodgers: Liverpool let Suarez go 'with great reluctance'

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Rodgers: Liverpool let Suarez go 'with great reluctance'

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the club only accepted Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona "with great reluctance".

In a statement on the Liverpool website, Rodgers said: "The club have done all they can over a sustained period of time to try to keep Luis at Liverpool."

Brendan Rodgers said the club had let Suarez go 'with great reluctance'. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"It is with great reluctance and following lengthy discussions we have eventually agreed to his wishes to move to Spain for new experiences and challenges. We wish him and his young family well; we will always consider them to be friends."

Rodgers described Suarez as a "special talent", but said despite his departure the club would "improve the team further and...be stronger for this coming season".

Read: Luis Suarez leaving Liverpool 'with a heavy heart'

Suarez: LFC did all they could to keep me, but this is my dream

Suarez said it had always been a dream and ambition of his to play in Spain and he asked Liverpool fans to understand his decision.

"It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain."

"Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city but most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans.

"You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.

– Luis Suarez

He continued:

"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 am very proud I have played my part in helping to return Liverpool to the elite of the Premier League and in particular back into the Champions League.

"Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You'll Never Walk Alone."

– Luis Suarez

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Barcelona welcome star-signing Suarez to the club

Barcelona FC welcoming new signing Credit: Barcelona FC

Barcelona have welcomed their new signing, Luis Suarez, to the club.

It is believed the controversial striker has been signed for £75 million.

Suarez, who is currently serving a four-month ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, will be travelling to Barcelona next week for a medical, to sign his five-year contract and to be officially presented to the media and fans as an FC Barcelona player.