Liverpool should bring Luis Suarez back into the starting XI at the first available opportunity, despite the player revealing his desire to leave the club this summer, according to club legend Mark Lawrenson.
Suarez's future has been the subject of intense speculation all summer after stating his wish to secure a transfer away from Liverpool, and had been the subject of serious interest from Arsenal.
The Gunners made two bids for the Uruguay international as Arsene Wenger strived desperately to bring the striker to the Emirates Stadium, but Liverpool maintained their stance that the player was not for sale.
Suarez has not made a competitive appearance for Liverpool since outlining his intention to leave the club but, with the former Ajax skipper integrated back into the squad, Lawrenson believes he should return to the side.
The 26-year-old is still suspended following his bite on Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season, and Lawrenson has urged Brendan Rodgers to include Suarez when his ban expires later this month.
"It all looks to be coming together for their boss Brendan Rodgers and if star player Luis Suarez gives them one more year then there’s a chance they could give the better-resourced teams a run for their money," he wrote in The Mirror.
"As well as the likes of Jordan Henderson and Iago Aspas have done, you’d put Suarez back in the team as soon as he is available.
"We know Suarez can be a world-class idiot but he is also a superb footballer and I have to say that last January when Daniel Sturridge arrived, the Uruguayan was fantastic.
"He had to switch position to accommodate Sturridge but he did not moan. He did not say: ‘“I’m the No.1 striker, why do I have to play a bit differently?”
"He just got on with it. He was still getting the goals and was still an outstanding player.
"Liverpool have won their battle with him.
"They have told him that he is not going, but he can go next summer if the club don’t finish in the Champions League places.
"Although his behaviour has been poor, I think the fans will forgive him – and I think he will repay them."