18 Aug 2013

Suarez situation resolved

1:21 pm on 18 August 2013

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the Luis Suarez situation has been resolved but declined to reveal whether the Uruguay striker had apologised for speaking to the media about his desire to leave the club.

After Liverpool's 1-0 win at home to Stoke City in the Premier League opener, all Rodgers would say is he is very satisfied with how everything has been resolved and as a club they're now looking to the future and moving on.

Suarez had been made to train away from the first team for more than a week after claiming Liverpool had gone back on a promise to allow him to leave Anfield if a Champions League side made a high enough offer for him.

Suarez returned to first-team training on Friday and attended the match at Anfield with his family, receiving a generally warm reception from the home fans.

He is midway through a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic towards the end of last season.

Rodgers previously said Suarez, who scored 30 goals in all competitions for Liverpool last season, had to apologise for his public outburst if he was to return to first-team training.

The Uruguayan was the subject of two bids from Arsenal, including an offer of 40 million pounds and one penny which he believed would trigger a release clause, something that Liverpool have denied.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge scored the only goal against Stoke just before half-time and new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saved a penalty in the 87th minute from Jonathan Walters.