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Liverpool right to sell Suarez, says Owen

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Liverpool would be right to sell Luis Suarez if they can get more than £70 million for him - he is not irreplaceable, says Michael Owen.

Representatives from Liverpool and Barcelona have held "positive talks" over a transfer deal - which could cost the La Liga side as much as £80m - and Owen believes Brendan Rodgers should cash in on the striker.

"If I were the Liverpool manager I would probably sell Suarez, but only if the deal was right for the club," Owen wrote in his blog on Sportlobster.

"If the deal was right for Liverpool, it would be best for all concerned if he moved on to a new club. It would have to be a club outside of the Premier League and at a price of £70m plus."

Suarez is currently serving a four-month worldwide ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini but FIFA have confirmed the striker would be free to complete a transfer.

He was given a 10-match ban by the FA for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April last year and, should he stay at Liverpool for next season, would miss at least 12 games of the new season.

However, Owen believes the Uruguayan would find it difficult to rebuild his reputation in the Premier League and, as in similar cases where world-class players have left England for pastures new, he is confident Suarez can be replaced.

"Given his misdemeanours in the last few seasons, it will be very difficult for him to continue to play in England," Owen said. "Of course, players like Cristiano Ronaldo, [Thierry] Henry and possibly Suarez, leaving the Premier League is going to leave a void.

"History shows the Premier League is the best league in the world in most people's eyes and, however good a player has been, there will always be a new superstar ready to fill their boots."

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