Barcelona release video revealing Luis Suarez's squad number for next season

The £75m will take over Alexis Sanchez's shirt, the No 9

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Luis Suarez will wear the No 9 shirt for Barcelona next season, the club have officially revealed.

A deal for the Uruguayan striker was announced on Friday with Suarez joining from Liverpool for £75m.

The controversial striker ends his three-year stay at Anfield to join the Catalan giants who went trophy-less for the first time in six years last season.

With Alexis Sanchez unveiled as an Arsenal player on Thursday night in a £35m deal, the No 9 shirt was left vacant.

Suarez will now take over where Sanchez left off.

Suarez, who scored 30 goals for Liverpool as they mounted an unlikely title challenge and qualified for the Champions League, has joined Barcelona on a five-year deal.

"Luis is a very special talent and I thank him for the role he has played in the team in the past two years, during my time at Liverpool," Reds' manager Brendan Rodgers said.

In a long statement on Liverpool's club website, the striker said he leaves Anfield with a "heavy heart".

"It is with a heavy heart that I leave Liverpool for a new life and new challenges in Spain. Both me and my family have fallen in love with this club and with the city.

"But most of all I have fallen in love with the incredible fans. You have always supported me and we, as a family, will never forget it, we will always be Liverpool supporters.

"I hope you can all understand why I have made this decision. This club did all they could to get me to stay, but playing and living in Spain, where my wife's family live, is a lifelong dream and ambition. I believe now the timing is right.

"Thank you again for some great moments and memories. You'll Never Walk Alone."

Suarez will complete a medical next week but will not be available to play for Barcelona until the end of October.

He is banned from "all football activity" for four months after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in Uruguay's final World Cup group game.