PHOTO: Liverpool bring down Suarez advertising banner

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Liverpool began the countdown to their new Premier League season by removing Luis Suarez from their Anfield branding boards on Monday.

The Uruguayan left the club under a shroud of controversy during the summer after he was banned from all football-related activities for four months for biting Italy defender Girogio Chiellini during a World Cup group game.

Despite plundering 31 goals en route to claiming the PFA and FWA Player of the Season awards, Liverpool decided that his third biting ban in less than four years was enough, and the striker was promptly sold to Barcelona for £75 million.

The Reds have so far failed to land a direct replacement for the 27-year-old, but have spent around £90 million on the likes of Adam Lallana, Divock Origi, Rickie Lambert, Javier Manquillo, Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Lazar Markovic.

And with less than a week to go before the new campaign gets underway with a visit from Southampton, the Reds moved to airbrush Suarez out of their advertisement for the club's official store inside the Anfield stadium.

Liverpool signed off from their pre-season preparations with a convincing 4-0 win over Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund on Sunday, as the Reds proved that the summer hasn't put a dent in their free-flowing approach.

Daniel Sturridge netted after just 10 minutes before debutant Dejan Lovren headed home Steven Gerrard's moments later.

Philippe Coutinho made it 3-0 in the second half before Jordan Henderson tapped home a sweeping move to put the gloss on the result shortly before the hour mark.

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