Club legend Thompson delighted Suarez is back, but vows never to forget his summer misdemeanors…
Former Liverpool great Phil Thompson has mixed feelings over Luis Suarez’s imminent return to the first-team, Sky Sports reports.
The Uruguayan superstar has missed ten matches at the back end of last season and the start of this one, after receiving a mammoth suspension for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.
Against Manchester United in the League Cup on Wednesday evening though, Suarez will finally be available for selection once more.
While Thompson is delighted the striker is back in action, he doesn’t think he’ll ever forgive him for tarnishing the reputation of the club.
“I don’t think we’ll ever forgive what he actually got up to with Ivanovic at the back of last season. It wasn’t good, not for my football club,” said the former defender, who won seven league titles and three European Cups with the Anfield side.
Suarez was hotly tipped to join Arsenal in the summer, but the Liverpool board stood strong and refused to let him join a Premier league rival, in what was a difficult period for both the player and the club.
With Coutinho out injured, and Liverpool falling to a miserable 0-1 defeat at home to Southampton at the weekend, Suarez’s return couldn’t come any sooner.
“He’s still here, which is fantastic. He will be like a new signing coming in for this season,” added Thompson.
“I’m quite sure he will be in that starting line-up at Old Trafford and I think it adds that little bit extra.
“Does any Manchester United v Liverpool game need any spice? Not really, but this one is extra special because of Luis Suarez.”