Newcastle defender pleased by Suarez ban

Massadio HaidaraNewcastle defender Massadio Haidara believes his job will be much easier on Saturday because Liverpool will be without Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan was handed a 10-game ban by the Football Association on Wednesday after he was found guilty of biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the Premier League meeting on Sunday.

Haidara joined the Magpies in January as one of a number of new French signings made by manager Alan Pardew to strengthen the struggling squad.

The former Nancy man expects the Reds to be a different beast without Suarez, who has netted 30 times in all competitions this term.

“He is definitely the difference for Liverpool. Without him, they will be a different team,”¬†Haidara said.

“He is the focal point for their attack. They have other quality players but if he is not playing, that will definitely be a positive for us.”

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