Luis Suarez has confirmed via Liverpool’s official website that he is heading to Barcelona.

The Uruguayan striker fired the Reds to Champions League qualification last term after penning a new contract, and looked on course to be staying at Anfield until a few weeks ago.

Since a controversial biting incident at the World Cup it has become apparent that the 27-year-old was heading out away from Merseyside, and it has now been confirmed by the player himself that he’ll be a Barca star for 2014/15:

“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.”

Liverpool are set to pocket upwards of £60m for Suarez, who developed into their star man over the course of his spell at the club.

‘El Pistolero’ signed for the Reds from Ajax in 2011, netting 69 goals in 110 outings

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