Can Suarez win over Liverpool fans with Man Utd comeback?
Controversial Uruguayan set for return for Capital One Cup clash at Old Trafford next month
WHO writes the scripts for Luis Suarez? Liverpool's controversial Uruguayan striker may have turned himself into public enemy number one at Anfield this summer, but all could be forgiven if and when he makes his comeback from a ten-match ban against arch-enemies Manchester United.
Suarez has until Monday, when the transfer window closes, to engineer a move away from Merseyside, but his chances of escape look slim. That means that he will remain on Liverpool's books at least until January.
However, he will not be available to play for the Reds until the last week of September because he is suspended after biting the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season.
The final match of his ban is Liverpool's trip to Southampton on 21 September, and his comeback was pencilled in for the Capital One Cup game the following week. But in a dramatic twist, the Reds have been drawn away against their bitter rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Daily Mail says the game is likely to be a "volatile showdown" even without the presence of Suarez, who has previous against Man United. In 2011 he was found guilty of racially abusing United defender Patrice Evra and banned for eight games. His comeback match was at Old Trafford and there was a storm when he refused to shake Evra's hand before the game.
If he does play he can expect a "hostile reception" from the United fans, says Goal.com. But the atmosphere could also generate support from the Liverpool faithful, who may be prepared to forgive the Uruguayan's disloyalty if he helps get one over on the old enemy.
"The comeback of Suarez has echoes of that of another controversial player. Eric Cantona's eight-month suspension for aiming a karate kick at a spectator ended when the United forward returned to action against Liverpool at Old Trafford in October 1996," recalls The Times. ·