Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits Luis Suarez must apologise for last week's interview if he is to return to first team training. Suarez is suspended for the first six matches of the season as his ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic is carried over, but even if he does not leave in the current transfer window there are still bridges to be repaired.
"Initially there will be a recognition that (there needs to be) an apology to his team-mates and the club," said Rodgers when asked what Suarez needed to do next.
"I have seen him over a period of time I know it is not the Luis Suarez we know and I have to protect the fans and the players because they deserve more than that.
"He has spent some days working on his own. The group has been separate to that and working very hard.
"When he is back from his international trip (Suarez will travel to Japan with Uruguay in midweek) we will assess it from there."
Rodgers added: "He is a world-class striker and when he is committed the cause we will welcome him back with open arms."
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