Liverpool legend Danny Murphy believes controversial striker Luis Suarez needs to convince the club's fans ahead of his return from a 10-month ban.
26-year-old Suarez, who has been at Anfield since completing a move from Eredivisie giants Ajax in January 2011, has proved a fantastic goalscoring talent during his three years on Merseyside but his Premier League career has been littered with unwanted and harmful controversy.
Having gained considerable notoriety - not to mention an eight-match ban - for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra in October 2011, the former Gronigen star provoked shock and outrage after biting Serbian defender Branislav Ivanovic during a Premier League clash against Chelsea in April.
The incident, which was not the first time Suarez has sunk his teeth into an opponent, led to the Football Association imposing a 10-match ban on the forward.
That ban is set to end on Wednesday evening, with Suarez expected to make his comeback in a potentially hostile environment as Brendan Rodgers' side travel to Old Trafford to face fierce rivals Manchester United in a Capital One Cup third-round tie.
Former England international Murphy, who spent seven years at Liverpool between 1997-2004, believes that Suarez will have to convince fans whose admiration for the talismanic frontman may have subsided somewhat after a summer in which he made it clear he saw his future elsewhere.
“He has got a bit to prove now,” the 36-year-old told talkSPORT.
“He was idolised by all the supporters. They took him to their hearts quite quickly, and a few have become disgruntled with him. There will be a few on the fence, I think, who will need to be convinced.
“Where he is fortunate in my eyes is his natural way of playing is always energetic and he looks like he wants to win anyway so, if he bangs in the goals, those sitting on the fence will soon side with him.
“But it’s not all done yet. It only takes one more little misdemeanour and there is going to be problems," he added.
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