Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish maintains Luis Suarez's eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra was undeserved.
The Uruguayan came on as a second-half substitute against Tottenham Hotspur, his first appearance since serving his eight match Football Association suspension for the incident with the Manchester United defender.
Suarez couldn't inspire Liverpool to victory upon his return, but Dalglish is still adamant he should never have been banned.
"It's fantastic to have him back. He should never have been out in the first place," said Dalglish.
"Luis Suarez doesn't have anything to prove to anyone at Liverpool FC.
"Every time he gets the ball you think he's going to do something. We don't think he should ever have been away but we are delighted to have him back."
The 25-year-old took little time to stir up controversy at Anfield, appearing to kick Spurs' Scott Parker, an act which sparked Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney into claiming that Suarez should have seen red on Twitter.
"If ref sees that kick from Suarez and books him for it, it should be red," Rooney wrote on the social media website.
However, Dalglish was quick to defend his star striker post-match.
"Who said that? Why don't you tweet Wayne back and give him your answer," he said.
"I don't have a view on what has been tweeted, especially when I have not seen it."
Dalglish will be hoping Suarez can assist The Reds' home form, which while they're unbeaten, has seen them draw eight of their 12 league games this term, the highest in the Premier League.
United and Liverpool will renew hostilities next weekend at Old Trafford, two weeks on from their FA Cup fourth round tie, which saw Dirk Kuyt hit a late winner in a 2-1 victory.
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