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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Ex-Red Phil calling on 'Pool to offload Suarez in the summer

PHIL BABB believes Luis Suarez could leave Liverpool this summer and has described the Uruguayan as replaceable despite his goalscoring form for the Anfield club.

Babb, 41, was critical of Suarez's conduct in the Evra race affair and is convinced that if Liverpool feel they can't curb his behaviour he should be offloaded to the continent.

"There was an easy solution to this problem and that was for Suarez to shake Evra's hand and if not bite your lip, shake his and get on with it. Be a man about it," said the former Liverpool defender.

"His actions that day have opened another can of worms that the club certainly didn't need and you can't blame the club for Suarez's actions.

"Liverpool will discipline him in the way they see fit and probably have a look at his situation in the summer I think.

"(Alex) Ferguson has had massive players with massive egos and he's let them go, and the same goes for Suarez. He's a goalscorer but he comes with baggage. I don't think Liverpool have handled that at the moment.

"There are clubs around Europe who have seen him score and there are clubs around Europe who have the money that they could easily afford him if he came on the market.

"I've never heard Suarez come out with a heartfelt apology, there doesn't seem to be any kind of contrition or any sign that he's going to work on it, (like) 'next season I'm going to be a different character'.

"The club and Kenny have stood by him and he's repaid them by stirring up another controversy."

Babb was particularly disappointed when Liverpool players donned T-shirts in their game against Wigan in December when the result of the FA inquiry was still unknown.

"There are certain things in hindsight that Liverpool would regret doing, one of them would be the T-shirt scenario. You don't have to have a public display like that of camaraderie, bearing in mind that the inquiry was still to come to fruition and the verdict given, so that was all still a bit premature," he added.

Babb played at centre-half the last time Liverpool played in a final at Wembley in 1996 when Eric Cantona's late strike saw Manchester United lift the FA Cup trophy, but he believes Dalglish's tactics should see Liverpool to victory in this weekend's Carling Cup final.

"It's great getting to a cup final," Babb said. "In my time, it was all about Liverpool being serial trophy winners, always in contention for championships or silverware.

"Kenny's got a style of play that makes Liverpool hard to beat, although the league form hasn't been the best. When it comes to those knockout competitions, they've got a chance of doing it."

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