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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".
Luis Suarez will take on the number 9 shirt at Barcelona, the Spanish club have revealed in a video post on their official website.
Last season the squad number was worn by Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, who has now sealed a big money move to Premier League club Arsenal.
Other big names to have taken on the number 9 shirt in recent years include Brazilian legend Ronaldo, Dutch hitman Patrick Kluivert and Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has issued a heartfelt message praising Luis Suarez as an "amazing talent" and a "legend" at the club.
The England international wrote the message on his Instagram account following the news of Suarez's move to Spanish side Barcelona.
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."
"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".
Luis Suarez said the decision to leave Liverpool for Barcelona was made "with a heavy heart" and wished the team and manager Brendan Rodgers "well for the future".
In a statement posted on Liverpool's website, the Uruguayan striker said: "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.
"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. 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.
"I wish Brendan Rodgers and the team well for the future. The club is in great hands and I'm sure will be successful again next season."
The statement finished with Suarez saying: "You'll Never Walk Alone".
Liverpool and Barcelona have agreed a fee for the sale of Luis Suarez to the Catalan club, the Premier League side have announced.
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Social media sites have seen a flurry of visual gags following the news of star striker Luis Suarez's move to Barcelona.