Liverpool want Suarez 'peace' talks with United
Published 23:54 05/01/12 By David Maddock
Liverpool are ready for peace talks with Manchester United in an attempt to cool emotions over Luis Suarez’s comeback.
Suarez’s first game following his eight-game ban for racial abuse against United defender Patrice Evra will be the league game at Old Trafford on February 11.
The Uruguay international striker’s ban is due to end a week earlier, and already there are fears both he and Liverpool fans will be targeted at the game.
Part of the animosity surrounding the case has been generated by some vehement comments emanating from Anfield, attacking the integrity of French defender Evra.
But even though relations between the two clubs have hit rock bottom following claims of a conspiracy between United and the FA to get Suarez banned, Liverpool will attempt to work with Old Trafford top brass to try to prevent a violent reaction.
Despite the irony of the request, United officials are prepared to listen to Liverpool, and work with them to improve an already difficult relationship between the two sets of supporters.
Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has acknowledged a recent reduction in some of the worst chants at games between the two clubs, and he wants that to continue, despite this latest tense dispute.
And Dalglish is also hoping the FA will ignore recent attacks from Liverpool about their integrity, to work with the Anfield club to ensure Suarez is not a target for terrace abuse on his return from suspension.
There is a fear within the club that being targeted by fans around the country could persuade the striker to look to another league at the end of the season.
But officials at Anfield know they now have a month in which to reduce the temperature surrounding their player, and diffuse the situation.
They want the FA to help, and Dalglish wants some guarantees from the FA in helping stop vile chants, even though he accepts he may be left open to allegations of hypocrisy, given his outspoken attack on the organisation.