Jamie Carragher insists Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was right to make want-away striker Luis Suarez train on his own this week, following the Uruguayan's controversial interview with the media.
Suarez reiterated his desire to leave Anfield for a Champions League club and accused Rodgers of making false promises, something which the Liverpool boss vehemently denies.
And Carragher, who retired at the end of last season after spending his entire professional career with the five-time European champions, feels Rodgers was left with no choice but to come down hard on the 26-year-old, whose pre-season performances have been unusually lacklustre.
"I know Luis and I've played with him in the last couple of years and he's a warrior. He's a fighter on the pitch and every day in training. He never misses a session," Carragher told Sky Sports News.
"I went in to Friday training before Stevie's testimonial and that wasn't the Luis Suarez I knew. I think it's right for Brendan Rodgers to take him out of the group because no one player is bigger than the team or the squad.
"He's not going to be playing because he's banned, so Liverpool need to concentrate on getting it right for the first game of the season against Stoke.
"If Suarez is a distraction for everyone then he needs to be taken out of the group."
Carragher also believes that Liverpool would be shooting themselves in the foot if they sold the prolific Suarez to top-four rivals Arsenal, who made a £40,000,001 bid for the striker last month and remain determined to make him their record signing.
He added: "Liverpool Football Club have got to protect themselves as well. Arsenal are a big rival for a top-four place and maybe if he wanted to go somewhere else it wouldn't be such a big issue and maybe Liverpool would sanction a deal."
It's believed that Suarez would favour a move to Real Madrid, but the Spanish giants have shown little - if any - interest this summer.
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