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Tuesday 16 September 2014

John W Henry: 'Time was right for Suarez and club'

Published 25/07/2014 | 02:30

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Liverpool owner John W Henry
Liverpool owner John W Henry

Liverpool owner John W Henry has spoken for the first time about the £75m departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, saying the parting of the ways was inevitable.

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"It was time for Luis and time for the club to make a break," he said. "He brought so much to the club, but we brought a lot to Luis. I think you will still see a very explosive Liverpool now."

Henry was speaking at Fenway Park, home of his Boston Red Sox baseball team, where Liverpool played their second game since selling the controversial striker, losing a tour friendly to Roma 1-0.

The winning goal came in the final minute via Marco Borriello, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United.

The striker steered the ball home from a corner through the legs of 20-year-old left-back Jack Robinson, despite being pressured by Daniel Agger.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is strengthening the squad with the Suarez money and, having already signed forwards Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic, is closing in on the QPR striker Loic Remy and Southampton defender Dehan Lovran.

Striker Fabio Borini suffered a shoulder injury during the game and went off in the first half.

A fee of £14m had been agreed for his permanent return to Wearside, but that move could now be in doubt, particularly if the injury is serious enough to keep him out until nearer the time when the transfer window closes.

Rodgers also said that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's retirement from the national team "brings an end to a great career." But it might be beneficial to Liverpool.

"Liverpool means everything to him," Rodgers said. "And there's certainly no doubt missing out on international football means he will be fresher and at his optimum level as often as possible for us."

Elsewhere, Tottenham beat Toronto at BMO Field 3-2, with record signing Erik Lamela scoring twice in the first half. Former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe went close before both teams made changes at half-time allowing Toronto to bring the scores level.

But Andros Townsend curled home with five minutes left to earn Spurs a first win of their tour, after Saturday's 3-3 draw with Seattle Sounders.

Irish Independent

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