Glen Johnson believes Luis Suarez has the strength of character to handle the hostile atmosphere when Liverpool visit Manchester United on Saturday.
Suarez was given an eight match ban for racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra. And, after returning last night against Tottenham, the Uruguayan now looks set to face a torrid time from the home supporters.
Evra himself was greeted by an angry reception from Liverpool supporters when the two sides met in last month's FA Cup tie, and after completing his ban, the Uruguayan striker is now free to face the Merseyside clubs's biggest foes over the weekend.
Both sides have called for calm from their supporters in the run up to the game, but the incident and the resulting fallout has added extra spice to an already bitter rivalry.
However, Johnson believes the Reds striker will be able to deal with the adverse reaction he will receive when the two teams collide this Saturday lunchtime, and has no doubt that his performance will do all the talking against their title-chasing opposition.
He told The Guardian: "It is a tough place to go Old Trafford. Luis is a strong character and he will try to let his football do the talking.
"He is a fantastic player, he has had a long break now and hopefully he will be fresh and ready to put in a performance at the weekend. He is the sort of player we need in the team."
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