Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish admits they will miss Luis Suarez as he serves his eight-match ban but insists they have to look past the Uruguay international's absence.
The club announced they had decided not to appeal against the Football Association punishment imposed for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra just over an hour before Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.
With one match already out of the way and the prospect of possibly half the suspension being served in cup competitions, Dalglish will be hoping the unavailability of his top scorer and chief creator will not be detrimental to their Champions League qualification ambitions.
Suarez will miss both legs of their Carling Cup semi-final against City and if, as expected, they get past League One Oldham in Friday's third round a further two will be taken up by the FA Cup.
That would see Suarez available to return for the equally-important month of February, when they host Tottenham and Everton either side of a potentially vitriol-filled trip to Old Trafford.
"He has an eight-game punishment and he has to serve it so I suppose now is as good a time as any to serve it," said Dalglish.
"I think it was better to get the situation over and done with and leave it there. Luis is a fantastic player and so we he will be missed but we just have to get on with it. It is not better to miss him at any time -- we'd much rather have him but we don't."
The loss of Suarez, who has been Liverpool's best player since he joined almost 12 months ago, can be offset by the return of captain Steven Gerrard.