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Is this the only time you’ll see Luis Suarez in Liverpool’s new kit?

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Liverpool have unveiled their kit for the 2013-14 season - and Luis Suarez is one of the three Anfield stars pictured wearing it.

The Uruguayan striker and part-time cannibal's 10-match ban led to widespread speculation that Suarez would be leaving the Reds this summer.

But there he is, pouting like a TOWIE cast member who's just been told their screen time will be cut in the next series, wearing a football strip that - according to the designers - was inspired by the 1984 kit worn by Liverpool's European Cup winning side.

We're not quite sure where they're coming from with that, since the most obvious thing about that 1984 kit was that it had thin white stripes running through it. This new kit simply looks like it's been gone over with a posh lawnmower to give that lovely subtle stripe effect.

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Liverpool's 1984 European Cup winners

Either way, the main thing is that Luis Suarez is wearing the kit - something which Everyone On The Internet believes is a surefire indicator that he is staying put.

This, of course, is nonsense. Liverpool weren't exactly going to put Andre Wisdom in the publicity shots and hope nobody noticed, were they?

Anyone who remembers Robin van Persie being sent out to members of Arsenal's kids fan club last September already knows this; the chances of Suarez revealing he is leaving Anfield through the medium of choosing not to model their new shirt are roughly equivalent to the chances of him running out for his next match with a bib round his neck and a knife and fork in his hands. It'd be great, but it won't happen.

The prosaic truth is that kit manufacturers Warrior - and the club itself - simply realise that picturing the club's best player in the iconic red shirt is the simplest way to sell as many as possible as quickly as possible.

And if it turns out that the man himself never wears the shirt in a match for Liverpool? Well, in all honesty that might just make it even more collectable.

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