Former Liverpool boss ‘feels sorry’ for Reds after Luis Suarez ban

Gerard Houllier "feels sorry" for Liverpool following Luis Suarez's four-month ban for biting

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Luis Suárez appears to bite Giorgio Chiellini Photo: Fifa

Gerard Houllier “feels sorry” for Liverpool following Luis Suarez’s four-month ban for biting Giorgio Chiellini.

The Uruguay international was handed a nine-game international suspension and banned from all football-related activity for four months for biting the Italy defender at the World Cup.

You don’t like to see an outstanding talent out of football for so long

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The suspension means that the 27-year-old striker will not be able to play for Liverpool until the end of October – and Houllier was upset to see the Reds affected by the punishment.

“I feel sorry for what happened, I felt for my Liverpool friends,” said Houllier.

“He’s such an outstanding talent that could have been player of the tournament, the way things had been going, simple as that.

“When Uruguay played the match against Colombia I think they were under the shock [of the ban]. They played four games and won two with Suarez and they lost two without him.

“You don’t like to see an outstanding talent out of football for so long.

“He made a mistake, he will agree with that and even apologised and now we just have to wait until he comes back.”

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