Former England and Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle believes that Liverpool may actually be happy to be getting rid of Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan ace is on the verge of completing a £75m switch to Barcelona, with the Spaniards having intensified their efforts to land him despite his World Cup biting controversy.

Suarez was the Reds’ talisman last season, firing 31 goals to take the Merseysiders within a whisker of a first title in 24 years on his way to being named as English football’s top player.

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Although he was a key man for the Anfield side on the pitch, Hoddle thinks that Liverpool may be happy to be taking a big sum to be rid of the divisive character:

“The baggage comes with him and wherever he ends up he’s going to have that baggage,” he is quoted by The Express.

“Off the pitch it might be ‘phew, we’ve got away with that a little bit and got decent money for him’.

“I think Liverpool will look at it and say it was out of their hands in many ways why he’s had to leave, but they move on.

“Liverpool’s a big club and there’s no one player bigger than any football club in the world. Liverpool have proved that over the years.”

Hoddle does however believe that Liverpool will need to delve further into the transfer market following the arrivals of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Emre Can to replace Suarez:

“Brendan will go out and try and replace him with probably two or three players. He’ll have to look at it differently because you’re not going to find another Suarez to replace what he’s done.

“Maybe really two or three really class, top players will add to the squad and will make the squad stronger in a different way.”

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