2005 Champions League winner Dietmar Hamann has called on his old side Liverpool to “get rid” of Luis Suarez following his lengthy FIFA ban.

The controversial striker has been severely punished for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini while on international duty with Uruguay at the World Cup, which will rule him out of action for the Reds for four months.

Suarez was the Merseysiders’ top performer last season as they came close to sealing a first league title in 24 years, but his future at the club is now in doubt.

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The player’s representatives and allies from his homeland have already pointed the finger at the English media, suggesting that an overreaction has contributed heavily to the sanction the player has received, which has served to open wounds from last summer – when the 27-year-old hit out at treatment he’d been receiving.

Suarez has a lengthy record of disciplinary mishaps – including two bites on Otman Bakkal and Branislav Ivanovic since 2010 – and Hamann – a favourite among Liverpool fans – feels that it’s time to cut the star loose:

“He’s bitten someone three times now,” he told talkSPORT.

“FIFA, with the ban they’ve given him, are saying, ‘this is your last chance, if you do it again, that’s it for good’.

“He’s a player that’s worth £60-80m. I’m not sure if they can get that sort of money now, but if this happens again it will finish his career. I wouldn’t take a punt on him. You can’t trust him.

“It’s time for Liverpool to get rid of him.”

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