Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has vowed to stay "isolated" on the pitch as he bids to put his well-documented troubles behind him.
The Uruguayan returned to competitive action following his 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic during the midweek Capital One Cup defeat at the hands of fierce rivals Manchester United, and he is hoping to get rid of the bad boy tag that has followed him since he came to the Premier League back in 2010.
He told The Sun on Sunday: "During the months I was off I meditated very much because of my desire to break the false image that I believe the supporters have of me at the moment.
"I want to stay isolated on the pitch to avoid the provocation from rivals."
Suarez, who could be crucial in helping Liverpool break into the top four, refused to banish the speculation about his potential exit from Anfield however, although he did vow to be successful at the club this campaign.
He said: "Despite the controversies I have been involved in, I received many letters demanding that I stay at Anfield.
"My future? I’ll speak against at the end of the season. Now I am back and my dream is for us to improve on last season and fight for trophies."
The 26-year old also believes his punishment for biting Ivanovic was too excessive, and he added: "My opinion about the punishment hasn't changed - 10 games was too long and I have suffered."
Brendan Rogers will be hoping Suarez can replicate his form last season, where he scored 23 goals in the league in 33 starts.
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