http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-fc/liverpool-fc-news/2012/02/08/liverpool-fc-s-luis-suarez-says-united-boo-boys-will-only-inspire-him-100252-30289574/Liverpool FC’s Luis Suarez says United boo boys will only inspire him
by James Pearce, Liverpool Echo
LUIS SUAREZ insists a hot reception from Manchester United fans will only inspire him at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The Liverpool striker is set to come up against Patrice Evra for the first time since he was handed an eight-match ban for racially abusing the United defender.
“I know against Man United it is going to be tense because I’m going to face Evra, but I’m used to having fans whistle at me,” Suarez said.
“I hope nothing unusual happens. I’ll have to forget what happened for that moment.
“I do know Man United fans are going to try to make me feel uncomfor- table. But I have to tell them, they are going to spur me on if they whistle at me.”
Suarez made his return from suspension as a second half substitute in Monday night’s 0-0 draw with Tottenham at Anfield.
The Uruguayan endured a frustrating cameo as he picked up a booking and wasted a glorious late chance. However, after six weeks out he admits it’s great to be back.
“It was really hard for me not to be playing for all that time,’’ he said.
“But my conscience was clear. I was not depressed at all. I wanted to do so many things when I came on against Tottenham and that didn’t help me.
“Fortunately, I’m back on the pitch and that’s the most important thing for me.’’
Suarez, who has always protested his innocence, knows his every move will be scrutinised following his return to action.
“I know that people are viewing me differently in England,’’ he said.
“For example, against Tottenham, when I was doing the warm-up, there were three cameras pointing at me. Even when I was sitting on the bench there were many cameras on me. I feel that people are watching me. I have to understand that — it’s the price I have to pay because of the ban.
“I have to be more careful. I like to protest to the referees but I will have to control myself because all the people are watching me.’’
Suarez also reaffirmed his commitment to Liverpool and praised the club’s supporters for their backing.
“I have to thank Liverpool fans because they supported me on the pitch but also on the streets,’’ he said.
“I feel so comfortable at Liverpool because of them. They love me.’’
The Premier League have confirmed that the pre-match handshake will go ahead as planned before Saturday’s game.
Meanwhile, Kenny Dalglish has welcomed the return to action of Jack Robinson.
The 18-year-old left-back had been sidelined for three months with a foot injury but proved his fitness in the reserves’ 4-0 victory over Norwich City.
“It was Robbo’s first game for a long time and it was good to see him back,” Dalglish said. “He’s been out for a while but he got an hour under his belt and will really benefit from that.”
First team squad members Jon Flanagan, Sebastian Coates, Jonjo Shelvey and Fabio Aurelio also featured, while there was a rare appearance for keeper Brad Jones.
Nathan Eccleston broke the deadlock early on when he converted Flanagan’s cross and the striker added a second before the break.
Raheem Sterling made it 3-0 with a fine finish and Shelvey completed the scoring for the Reds.