Liverpool fans are talking about the imminent return of Luis Suarez today and there are few better matches for him to return in than a cup tie against the club’s old enemies Manchester United.
Plenty of fans will be watching the match to see how Suarez gets on during his first piece of competitive club football since last season and whether he’s learned lessons which have tripped him up in the past.
Brendan Rodgers will want a positive reaction and a solid performance from his main striker and he’s likely to stress several things to Suarez, wanting the striker to avoid any future potential embarrassment.
Here are five mistakes Suarez has to avoid.
It won’t just be Manchester United fans getting on his case this evening, but opposition fans for the rest of the season whenever Suarez plays.
He’s likely to get a very hostile reception when he plays anywhere other than Anfield and it’s important he doesn’t react and respond to the verbal abuse in any way other than when he scores a goal and away grounds go quiet.
Opposition teams are going to test him out thoroughly over the coming weeks with the simple intention of trying to wind him up.
The bite on Branislav Ivanovic last season shows Suarez can lose the plot so players, especially defenders, will be right at him, trying to provoke a reaction which draws in the attention of the referee.
Suarez has taken some very negative press in the past for diving in and around the penalty area.
It’s not a respectable part of his game and not something that he should be aiming to do in the match this evening or in subsequent future matches. He’s a good enough player to draw fouls in key areas naturally.
Suarez can get hot headed just like any other player.
If he’s taking abuse from the fans, being wound up by opposition players and things aren’t going his way on the pitch, he could release that stress with a stupid challenge.
It’s something that can be seen on a weekly basis across the Premier League and Football League and Liverpool certainly don’t need him picking up a suspension for a needless red card.
Suarez needs to keep his mouth shut in terms of the media and focus entirely on his football.
He used the media to make some rather stupid comments over the summer, which caused him a lot of embarrassment with calls for various explanations from Brendan Rodgers and the club.
The media will want to talk to him because of the significance of this comeback but he’d be well advised not to talk to anyone.
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