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Liverpool FC confirm Luis Suarez will join FC Barcelona for £75m

“I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision".

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Suarez will leave Anfield after making 110 appearances for Liverpool and scoring 69 goals

Luis Suarez was persuaded to remain with Liverpool FC twelve months ago although Brendan Rodgers has had to admit defeat this time around, with the Uruguayan heading to FC Barcelona next week.

Liverpool will make a massive profit on a player who cost them £22.8 million when arriving from Ajax in January 2011, with Suarez agreeing a five-year-deal to join the Catalan club despite Liverpool’s best efforts to keep him.

The Uruguay forward is currently serving a four-match ban for the World Cup biting incident which means he won’t make his Barcelona debut until November, with a Liverpool club statement issuing confirmation on Friday.

A Liverpool statement said: “Liverpool FC confirms that Luis Suárez 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.”

Suárez told Liverpoolfc.com: “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. 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.”