Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has urged Luis Suarez to move on from the controversial incidents that marred the Uruguayan’s season last campaign.
The Northern Irishman said Suarez probably still feels a’ little bit of injustice', but must refocus as their new season draws closer. In a catalogue of well-documented incidents, the forward’s reputation in the Premier League took a series of major hits that has left his public image in tatters.
Suarez received an 8-game ban and a £40,000 fine after being found guilty of racial abuse directed towards Manchester United full back Patrice Evra in Liverpool and United’s Premier League game at Anfield in December 2011. What followed was the handshake debacle where Suarez refused to shake Evra’s hand in a pre match handshake further fuelled the animosity.
More recently, Suarez vented his frustrations after he was relentlessly booed during Uruguay’s ill-fated Olympic Games campaign during games at Old Trafford and The Millennium Stadium. But his club manager stressed to Sky Sports that it was time to move on.
"We have to move forward. What's happened has happened and let's let it go now, however hard it is. We want to be winning games and doing our best for the football club,” Liverpool boss Rodgers told Sky Sports.
“It will be fantastic to have Luis coming back, and he is already fighting fit.
"He will have a couple of days off and join up with us after the weekend. He's been playing games, so he will already be up to a decent level of fitness, maybe even higher really, because he's had more competitive games. I'm really looking forward to working with him."