Uruguay attacker in line to return at Sunderland on Sept 29.
Former Liverpool legend Peter Beardsley believes that controversial front man Luis Suarez can be successfully reintegrated into the Reds first team following the end of his ban, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The mercurial Uruguay international is still currently in the middle of serving a ten-match suspension handed down to him by The Football Association after he was found guilty of biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic on the upper arm at Anfield in the Premier League last April.
So far, the 26-year-old has served five of those games, four at the back end of the previous campaign, and now one more at the start of this season, last Saturday’s opening home Premier League contest against Stoke City, which the Merseysiders won 1-0.
However, Suarez still has another four fixtures left on the sidelines before he can finally make his long-awaited comeback, which is due to arrive in the Premier League against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sept 29.
And the one-time Liverpool and England forward does not see any reason why the attacker cannot just slip straight back into the Reds’ starting lineup on Wearside, especially when given his scoring record of 51 goals in 96 games for Liverpool.
“With the likes of Kenny [Dalglish] and Kevin Keegan some special players have worn that No 7 shirt and I hope Suarez is wearing it this season,” Beardsley told the Liverpool Echo.
“The healing process is under way and I think the fans will forgive him. He’s going to be like a new signing when he has served his ban.”