Luis Suarez will be missed at Liverpool after the Uruguayan secured a move to Barcelona for a reported £75 million.
Fans from the red half of Merseyside just could not get enough of the mercurial Uruguayan and even though the outlook seems bleak after Suarez's protracted transfer to the Catalan giants, his exit could spark an exciting period for the Liverpool.
Liverpool executive Ian Ayre must now use the proceeds of the 27-year-old's sale to back Brendan Rodgers in the transfer market and continue his Anfield revolution.
Here are five ways Liverpool could benefit from the sale of Suarez.
Suarez shook the Kop with electrifying performances not seen at the club since Fernando Torres was at the peak of his powers. His genius, however, was tempered by an almighty caveat: his wild streak. He was handed an eight-match ban and a £40,000 fine for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra in 2011. Shocked and angered, Liverpool, including then manager and Reds icon Kenny Dalglish, took part in an ill-advised t-shirt protest supporting Suarez. Sir Alex Ferguson later called it "the most ridiculous thing for a club of Liverpool's stature". Liverpool's image was then dealt a further blow in April 2013 when Suarez bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, a sin that earned him a 10 game ban. Suarez's transgressions will no longer cast a shadow over a great club.
Rodgers must have thrown his arms into the air in exasperation when footage emerged of Suarez taking a bite out of Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini. His subsequent four-month ban from football would have ruled Suarez out until the end of October, ten weeks into a Premier League title charge that by the time of his return could have been rendered obsolete. While the Uruguayan's skills are superlative, they are not supernatural, and he needs to at least be permitted entrance to the stadium if he is going to score.
Suarez scored 69 goals in 107 league appearances in a Liverpool shirt, goals that are going to have to come from somewhere else if the 18-time title winners are to add to that haul. He formed a sensational tandem with Daniel Sturridge last season, garnering 52 league goals between them. Of Liverpool's 101 goals scored during the campaign, Suarez notched 30% of them. Inevitably, Rodgers will look for a like-for-like replacement and where he will come from remains to be seen. Instead, the Northern Irishman might then prepare his side in a way that is less reliant on its star man, adding a new dimension to Liverpool's attacking flair.
What better position is there than to enter the transfer market than with £75 million burning a hole in your back pocket? Liverpool were handed a setback when Alexis Sanchez chose Arsenal over them but Ayre should hand Rodgers a sizeable chunk of the Suarez cash to bolster a squad that will be looking to make an impact in four competitions next season. Losing your best player is a blow, but not one strength in numbers cannot resolve.
Including this latest punishment, Suarez will have missed 32 games through four separate bans since arriving at Liverpool in 2011. For all the manager and club's efforts to stand by and rehabilitate him, Suarez has thrown it all back into Rodgers, Liverpool and, most importantly, his adoring fans' faces. Does a man who bites people racially abuse opponents deserve to be at a club of Liverpool's standing?