Published Friday, 11 July 2014
Luis Suárez is leaving Liverpool for Barcelona. (© Getty)
Suárez himself said that it was "with a heavy heart" that he was leaving the Merseyside club.
"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision," he said.
"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."
If there is one thing the history of this great club teaches us, it is that Liverpool FC is bigger than any individual.
Suárez is currently banned from all football activity for four months, having been sanctioned by FIFA for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's World Cup campaign.
But he has been cleared to make the move to Barcelona, with the fee marking a club record for Liverpool.
A statement from Barcelona confirmed that Suárez would be travelling to the Spanish city next week "for a medical, to sign his five-year contract, and to be officially presented to the media and fans as a FC Barcelona player."
Hailing him as a "special talent", Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers thanked Suárez for his services to the club during the past two years.
"I think he would be the first to accept he has improved as a player over that period, along with the team, and has benefited from being here - as we have benefited from him," he said.
"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."
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