Brendan Rodgers and Luis Suarez
Brendan Rodgers could be without talisman Luis Suarez for part of the Premier League season againGetty

Liverpool face an anxious wait to see if Fifa will punish Luis Suarez over his alleged biting of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini.

Football's governing body has launched an investigation into the striker's conduct during Uruguay's Group D match against Italy after footage appeared to show him biting into Chiellini's shoulder.

The incident, which happened off the ball, went undetected by match officials but Fifa could still retrospectively punish the 27-year-old and hit him with a ban of up to 24 months.

Although the incident took place during a World Cup international, the outcome of Fifa's disciplinary proceedings could have ramifications for Liverpool as the organisation has the power to extend his ban to include club matches.

Fifa statement

"The disciplinary committee understands the urgency of the matter and is working to make a decision as soon as possible, particularly as Uruguay are still in the tournament.

"They have already showed they are fully aware of the urgency of the matter. They will address the matter with the necessary urgency."

A ban would give Reds manager Brendan Rodgers a headache, after he guide Suarez to a prolific and controversy-free season at Anfield.

The Merseyside club, who according to the Mirror called a transatlantic meeting between owners FSG and Rodgers on Wednesday to discuss Suarez, will fight on four fronts next season after a one-year absence from European competition.

Liverpool, who have so far been silent on the incident, are understood to want to retain Suarez but if the Uruguayan is handed a lengthy ban that includes domestic competitions then reported bids that are in the offing from Real Madrid and Barcelona for Suarez may intensify.