Liverpool have fined Luis Suarez for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic but insist the striker still has a future at the club.

Suarez, 26, bit Ivanovic’s arm during his team’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea .

Asked if the incident would affect the player’s time at the club, Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said: “Not at all.

“It affects his future in the sense that we have to work with him on his discipline.”

He added: “Luis is a very important player to the club.

“As we keep saying, he signed a new four-year contract last summer and we’d all love to see him here throughout that contract.

“He’s a fantastic player, top scorer and everything we’d want in a striker, so there’s no change there.

“This is more about getting him back on the right track and it’s largely down to [Liverpool manager] Brendan [Rodgers] now to work with him on that side of his character.”

BBC Sport