Rodgers demands Suarez apology
Luis Suarez must apologise to his Liverpool team-mates and the club before he can be reintegrated into the squad, according to Brendan Rodgers.
The Uruguay international has been made to train on his own as the Reds boss was unhappy with the attitude he has shown recently, which culminated with interviews earlier this week in which he claimed the club had reneged on a deal to allow him to leave this summer.
That upset Rodgers and he has isolated the 26-year-old, who owner John Henry has said will not be sold to Arsenal despite the Gunners' bid of £40,000,001.
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 commited the cause we will welcome him back with open arms."
Henry and Rodgers have been unequivocal in their stance on Suarez and the manager stressed that would not change.
"I spoke with John when we were in Norway in the week and we are pretty much on the same page," he added.
"We are adamant he won't go to Arsenal and we want to keep him."