Ian Rush has stated that the Merseyside club’s fans still adore Luis Suarez, but that the tempestuous forward must learn from his mistakes.
Liverpool fans were quite rightly split in their opinion of Luis Suarez and his wantaway antics over the summer. The Reds held firm and rebuffed an offer from Arsenal for the temperamental star, who will return to the fray from a ten-match ban soon.
Despite Liverpool fans being angered by Suarez’s lack of commitment to the club and public statements saying he wanted to leave, Ian Rush has said that the Kop will respond positively to the Uruguayan’s return.
“[Suarez] needs to just get back onto the pitch, forget about the past now and concentrate on entertaining the Liverpool supporters. That’s what they want because they still love him,” Rush said.
“They know that he always gives 100 per cent and if he does that again they’ll be singing his name again.
“Liverpool fans have stuck by him previously and they can do it again. They still love him.”
The former Ajax forward has been at the centre of a number of controversies since moving to Liverpool, including racially abusing Patrice Evra and biting Branislav Ivanovic.
Rush has stated that Suarez must learn from his mistakes and realise the opportunity that he has to play for Liverpool.
“You only get so many chances and Suarez will learn from that. There are standards at Liverpool and they have to be met,” he continued.
“He can complain about the press but he has caused his own problems. What you are looking for now is for him to learn from the whole experience and do now for Liverpool what he is doing for Uruguay.”
The Reds have had an excellent start to the season without the South American, winning their first three games. Rush feels that Suarez will need to fight for a place in Brendan Rodgers’ team, but will relish playing alongside Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.
“The ideal scenario for me now would be Suarez still on the bench after six games - because that would mean that Liverpool have won them all,” he said.
“Then you have to fight for your place. That’s what Liverpool is all about. The team rather than the individuals.
“Suarez, when he sees Sturridge and he sees Coutinho and he sees Gerrard, he will be thinking: ‘Hang on, I quite fancy this!’
“Especially with the prospect of getting on the end of those passes that Coutinho puts through. The team are on the same wavelength now and Suarez will be excited about coming back to play with these guys.”
Suarez’s return promises to be interesting. The first match he is eligible to play in is a Capital One Cup clash with Manchester United on September 25.