Rodgers - Suarez must put controversies behind him

Uruguay and Liverpool's Luis Suarez during the group A match against Great Britain at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Uruguay and Liverpool's Luis Suarez during the group A match against Great Britain at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has urged striker Luis Suarez to put the much-publicised controversies of last season behind him and move on.

Rodgers was also keen to point out that rival fans only single out good players for stick after the Uruguay international found himself being jeered and booed by the crowd during this week’s Olympic Games defeat to Great Britain at the Millennium Stadium.

“The first point is that opposition fans only give people stick because they’re good players - you don’t see bad ones getting it,” Rodgers was quoted as saying in several newspapers.

Suarez was handed an eight-game suspension and a £40,000 fine in December after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in a Barclays Premier League match at Anfield.

The controversy was re-ignited in February when Suarez seemingly refused Evra’s handshake as the teams conducted their traditional pre-match greeting in the return meeting at Old Trafford.

Suarez then reopened old wounds during an interview with a Uruguayan television show last month, where he accused United of having too much power and blamed Evra for the failure to shake hands.

Rodgers continued: “Luis probably still feels a little bit of injustice about last season, but for me the message is that we have to move on.

“We have to move forward. What’s happened has happened and let’s let it go now, however hard it is. We want to be winning games and doing our best for the football club.”