Liverpool owner John W Henry says it was ‘time to break’ from Luis Suarez

Henry was speaking in Boston after the club lost 1-0 in a tour friendly against Italian side Roma

Liverpool owner John W Henry has spoken for the first time about the £75m departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, saying the parting of the ways was inevitable.

“It was time for Luis and time for the club to make a break,” he said. “He brought so much to the club but we brought a lot to Luis. I think you will still see a very explosive Liverpool now.”

Henry was speaking at Fenway Park, home of his Boston Red Sox baseball team, where Liverpool played their second game since selling the controversial striker, losing a tour friendly to Roma 1-0.

The winning goal came in the final minute via Marco Borriello, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United. The striker steered the ball home from a corner through the legs of 20-year-old left-back Jack Robinson, despite being pressured by Daniel Agger.

Manager Brendan Rodgers is strengthening the squad with the Suarez money and having already signed forwards Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic is closing in on the QPR striker Loic Remy and Southampton defender Dejan Lovran.

Elsewhere, Tottenham beat Toronto at BMO Field 3-2, with record signing Erik Lamela scoring twice in the first half. Former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe went close before both teams made changes at half-time allowing Toronto to bring the scores level. But Andros Townsend curled home with five minutes left to earn Spurs a first win of their tour, after Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Seattle Sounders

Manchester City picked up a 4-1 victory over MLS  champions Sporting Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Croatian FA has said it will examine claims of racism against City’s Seko Fofana during a friendly Under-21 match with HNK Rijeka on Tuesday, which was abandoned when City coach Patrick Vieira took his players off the pitch.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago