Luis Suarez "Chomping at the Bit" After Serving Biting Ban, Says Liverpool Boss

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterSeptember 23, 2013


Brendan Rodgers has used a somewhat unfortunate turn of phrase to describe Luis Suarez's return to Liverpool.

The Uruguayan forward is available for the Reds for the first time in 10 matches, and since some way back into last season, after completing a suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League encounter.

The Liverpool manager told a press conference ahead of the midweek clash with Manchester United in the League Cup that Suarez could even feature from the start of the match.

As quoted by the Guardian (the bold is our emphasis):

It has been a really difficult time for him not playing games. He's really chomping at the bit to help the team. Everyone knows the depth of his quality and his attitude. Once he gets back on the field again he will show what he has shown since he's been here.

It's fair to say that Liverpool have had a colourful history with PR over their 26-year-old star. 

They caused a strong reaction when the team wore T-shirts in support of Suarez over accusations that he racially abused Patrice Evra in 2011.

Their official club website also contains two urls with apologies made by Suarez, as spotted by Eurosport, where the Uruguayan has said sorry both for the Ivanovic bite and refusing to shake Evra's hand before a game between United and Liverpool.

In truth, Rodgers was also less than clear about whether the talented-but-temperamental striker had improved his behaviour in the wake of the suspension. To return to the Guardian:

Asked whether Suárez had learned his lesson Rodgers, suppressing a chuckle, said "We will see, we will see." He at least resisted any temptation to add that the striker was hungry to be back on the pitch.