Why Brendan Rodgers should give Roberto Mancini a call?

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If Luis Suarez is to be re-integrated at Liverpool, they could do worse than look at the Carlos Tevez example at Manchester City.

They say time is a healer, and no more so did we see a footballing example of that than in the 2011/12 season with Manchester City and Carlos Tevez.

A bitter and personal dispute between manager Roberto Mancini and Tevez over an apparent refusal to warm up in a Champions League defeat to Bayern spiralled out of control, with the player exiling himself for months.

Mancini had told Tevez he would not play for the club again, only to later backtrack when he needed his help to secure the Premier League title.

And by that point around five months later, Tevez had had enough kicking his heels, and just wanted to get back to playing football and the pair put their differences aside.

So in essence it is a lesson to Liverpool, that even in extreme circumstances these situations can be resolved; Liverpool just have to do what Manchester City did and ride it out.

Suarez has outdone himself with his lengthy ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, meaning he will miss the beginning of the football season and matches which start prior to the transfer window.

So his major bargaining chip of 'going on strike' is off the table, as Liverpool are planning without him anyway until mid-to-late September, so it would have little effect.

John Henry stated last night that the player was categorically not for sale, so Suarez now needs to get his head straight and re-adjust.

When the time comes for him to be re-integrated back into the squad, Brendan Rodgers could do worse than giving Roberto Mancini a call and ask just how to solve an issue with a problematic South American.

Do you see the similarities? Will the situation heal with time once Suarez accepts the situation?

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