Liverpool have responded to the FA charging Luis Suarez with racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Liverpool will speak to the 24-year-old striker in detail about the charge when he returns from international duty but the club said Suarez will plead not guilty.

A club statement said: "The club this afternoon received notification from the Football Association of their decision to charge Luis Suarez and will take time to properly review the documentation which has been sent to us.

"We will discuss the matter fully with him when he returns from international duty, but he will plead not guilty to the charge and we expect him to request a personal hearing.

"Luis remains determined to clear his name of the allegation made against him by Patrice Evra.

"The club remain fully supportive of Luis in this matter."