Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has made it clear that he would like to leave Liverpool this summer. [Reuters]

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says the club must rid themselves of Luis Suarez even if they have to lower their valuation of the Uruguay international.

Arsenal have had bids of £35m and £40m + £1 rejected by The Reds, who are adamant Suarez is not for sale despite publically stating his desire to leave the club.

Suarez has been consistently backed by manager Brendan Rodgers and managing director Ian Ayre amid a series of on-field controversies, the latest of which saw him banned for 10 matches by The Football Association for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

The 26 year old will serve the remaining six matches of the ban at the start of this season and having earned a reputation with the footballing authorities, Harman says Suarez's potential to earn longer bans in the future means Liverpool must cut their losses.

"Suarez missed 20 games over the last two seasons, he missed a quarter of the games through suspension and obviously this is something to take into account," he told

"He had all the support from the club, from the fans, he misses the first six games of the coming season then he turns around and says he wants to leave. I think it would be best for both parties to get rid of the player.

"Long term I think the club and the team will be better for it. Obviously he's done ever so well for the club, but sometimes when you lose a player like him the responsibilities are shared, it probably gives Liverpool the opportunity to bring two or three very good players in, and I think long-term the club will be better off without Suarez."

"Hopefully they get as much money as they want but sometimes you have to sacrifice two or three million if a player wants to go," he added.

"You never know with him, he's had previous, he did the same thing he did to Ivanovic when he was at Ajax, if he were to do anything this season you're looking at a 20 or 25-game ban and that is something you also have to take into account when you value a player."

Suarez scored 30 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season and finish second in the voting for the PFA Players' Player of the Year but attracted controversy following a series of diving offences and accusations of cheating.

Liverpool finished outside the Champions League qualification places for a fourth consecutive season last term and will rely on Suarez to spearhead their challenge for the top four.