Having been found guilty of violent conduct by the Football Association and banned for a period of 10 games, reports have emerged claiming that Luis Suarez may have played his final game for Liverpool.
Having been caught clearly by television cameras, there was never any doubt that Suarez was going to be reprimanded for his behaviour in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea. The officials failed to spot the incident at the time and, as a result, Suarez went on to nod home an injury-time equaliser.
Despite signing a new deal last year and another fantastic goalscoring season for the Reds, the Daily Star reports that the feeling around Anfield is that Suarez may well use this latest incident and ban to force through a move in the summer, with Bayern Munich a much mentioned destination already.
Liverpool fans will be desperate for the Uruguayan hitman to continue his fine form at Anfield but, following this latest incident, the speculation over his future will continue to increase.
This ban is the latest for Suarez, who has also had a lengthy ban for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. But he has been given a longer sentence for this, and the 10 games means that should he remain at Anfield beyond the summer, he will miss the first six games of next season, as well as the final four of this current campaign, which includes a Merseyside derby.
And with the ban goes his chances of regaining the lead in the race for the Premier League's Golden Boot, having seen Robin van Persie overtake him on Monday night with his title-winning hat-trick against Aston Villa.
It now remains to be seen how Suarez will react should the 10 game ban be upheld. He has until Friday to appeal the decision from the FA and, if he chooses to, he could face a longer punishment if his appeal is unsuccessful.
Given the length of his suspension, it is quite understandable that he is considering his future in England following this latest incident which has brought him into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons - yet again.
And should he feel persecuted or unfairly treated by the FA, many could not blame him for wanting to leave.
If he leaves Anfield and England in the summer, it would be a huge loss to Liverpool as they continue to redevelop themselves to become a trophy hunting side again. It would also be of some loss to the Premier League, given some of the moments of genius Suarez has shown.
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