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He's not the messiah, but he's not just a very naughty boy. Luis 'Suarez only tastes defeat' (a rare memorable Daily Express headline, if only because it does not mention Diana, Maddy or the weather) at Old Trafford but he reminded Liverpool fans and English football what they have been missing.
We saw mere flashes of the Uruguayan's talent as Manchester United won the third-round Capital One Cup tie 1-0. It will not be long, though, before that tattoo will be kissed after another goal from one of the most outrageous and outrageously gifted talents of the era, while he created opportunities for team-mates that should have ended the club's goalless run.
The defeat to United, following the draw at Swansea and Southampton's shock victory at Anfield, comes as Brendan Rodgers' side stutter a little. After their winning start and taking a 2-1 lead at Swansea, Liverpool are goalless for five halves of football. Their record since Suarez dined out on Branislav Ivanovic has generally been impressive - the loss to Southampton was the only one during his ten-match ban. Rodgers' delight at having him back, though, will have been enhanced by relief that it compensates for the loss of the hugely influential Philippe Coutinho to injury.
Since the Brazilian and Daniel Sturridge arrived in January, Liverpool's record generally has been a fine one, the FA Cup embarrassment against Oldham aside. But if this is to be a competitive season for the Reds, and one in which they enhance the level of intensity in the Premier League as a whole, then a lot will depend on Suarez adding to the Reds' solid opening to the campaign. The signs, at least, are that he is not going to undermine the team intentionally, having failed in his attempt to engineer a move in the summer. If the season goes badly and he is agitating come January, then the club's frustrations with the 26-year-old will increase. If he can repeatedly add to his 38 goals in 78 games, and improve his ratio of assists from around one in every five games, then despite everything Liverpool will increasingly forget the trouble he has caused.
Not everyone will, though, and not just United fans. Suarez earned a rare public rebuke from a sponsor in the spring, when his boot suppliers felt moved to say: "Adidas takes this type of behaviour very seriously and does not condone Luis Suarez's behaviour. We will be reminding him of the standards we expect from our players. Luis has admitted his actions were unacceptable and we support the way Liverpool are planning to handle the situation." Standard Chartered, Liverpool's shirt sponsors, weighed in too.
He was not dropped by Adidas for biting Ivanovic, or for being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra, or biting an opponent when in Ajax colours, leading to a lengthy ban just as he was heading to Anfield. He will still pick up endorsements - an advert he has done in Uruguay, showing a talent for self-deprecation, has attracted warm reviews - but for anyone who feels that he has got off lightly for his sins, there should be comfort in the probability that he has lost a fortune as a result.
Okay, so he gets to keep the one he makes through his salary, but there's another price he will pay. When Real Madrid made their calculations about the value of Gareth Bale, it was not simply a question of what the Welshman can do on the pitch; his commercial value is enormous. Suarez's prodigious playing gifts will always attract admirers but club accountants will engage in some subtraction when assessing his worth.
Liverpool will have suffered commercially from the damage Suarez has done to their reputation (more for the bungled handling of the Evra case, but the assault on Ivanovic underlined the Uruguayan's potential to be a liability). Paradoxically, the fact that Suarez has tarnished his reputation permanently makes him less financially appealing to bigger clubs - and today that means anyone playing in the Champions League here or in Spain, Italy, Germany, France - and so less likely to attract an offer they cannot refuse.
Rodgers must have despaired when he saw the footage of that bite but it could yet rebound to the Liverpool manager's considerable advantage.
Is that right Arilfc...Because I have no interest in reading a nonsense article regurgitating the same s@*t over and over again. At least Sanity892 has a brain in his head..- cogs