Barcelona have vowed to follow Liverpool’s lead in the handling of Luis Suarez next season and revealed that his apology means there is no issue with him anymore.
Suarez was banned from all football activity until October by FIFA after he bit defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup group stage clash between Uruguay and Italy.
History of nibbling
It was the third ban for biting he had received in his career and he had missed Liverpool first five games of the season for a previous ban relating to the biting of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
He was sensational for the Anfield club last season once he returned from the ban, winning the Premier League golden boot, and Barcelona have insisted they are concentrating on that period.
Camp Nou officials are hopeful that the ban will be reduced following an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) this month and club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has vowed to learn from Brendan Rodgers handling of the striker to try and get the best from him.
Barça ready to forgive
"He knows he did wrong, that is why he apologised. Everyone knows what he did was wrong,” he said in an interview with The Times.
"For us, that is enough. We want him to perform as he did at Liverpool - and let's not forget that last season he acted perfectly. We have to learn from what Liverpool did."
Liverpool’s nearly title challenge came after a summer that saw Suarez actively try and force through a move to rivals Arsenal, so his departure to Barcelona this summer comes as no surprise.
Kop fans will have been hoping the challenge for the title and qualification for the Champions League would persuade the 27-year-old to stay for at least another season, but the £75million deal was wrapped pretty quickly after Uruguay’s exit from the World Cup.
Barcelona will have, once Suarez has served his suspension, one of the most formidable forward lines in world football, with the former Ajax striker joining Brazil star Neymar and world’s best player Lionel Messi at the Catalan club.
Reds recruitment drive
Liverpool haven’t wasted any time in spending the money they received for the Suarez sale. Rodgers has already snapped up Southampton trio Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren; Benfica winger Lazar Markovic, young Belgium forward Divock Origi and German midfielder Emre Can – more arrivals are expected.