Luis Suarez is back in training but still no sign of apology to Liverpool

Liverpool’s unsettled striker now unlikely to leave after he is allowed to return from exile and join up with team-mates

Luis Suarez reached a truce with Liverpool yesterday as he returned to full training at the club, after an agreement that is understood to have been more of an amicable conversation than a full apology.

The Uruguayan forward, who has been seeking a move away all summer, had initially been told to train on his own last week until he said sorry for his behaviour. Rodgers had said that for Suarez to return to the fold at Liverpool “there has to be a recognition and apology to his team-mates and the club”.

Suarez did train back with the group yesterday after talks with Rodgers. But while there has clearly been a rapprochement of sorts between player and club, it is understood that Suarez has not made a full apology, nor had he been asked for one. Liverpool have remained tight-lipped on what discussions took place.

The fact that an agreement has been reached suggests that Suarez’s attempts to leave this summer are over, that he is likely to stay at Liverpool for the immediate future and that the uncompromising stance taken by the club’s principal owner, John W Henry, has been successful.

Suarez’s exile began last week following poor performances in friendly matches. Rodgers also accused him of showing “total disrespect” for the club after he went public with his desire to leave, saying that the club had reneged on a promise to allow him to move this summer following bids of £35m and over £40m from Arsenal.

“There were no promises made and no promises broken,” Rodgers said at the time. “There has been total disrespect of the club – a club that has given him everything.” Rodgers later identified an apology to the club and evidence of commitment as conditions of Suarez’s reintegration.

Suarez spoke publicly earlier this month, saying that he wanted Liverpool to “honour an agreement” that he would be allowed to leave if they did not qualify for this season’s Champions League.

“They gave me their word a year ago and now I want them to honour that. And it is not just something verbal with the coach but something that is written in the contract.”

Suarez’s attempts to leave Liverpool centred on this disputed clause in his contract, which he believed would allow him to leave if there was a bid of over £40m for him. Arsenal attempted to trigger this with a bid of £40,000,001 but Liverpool insisted that it was not an automatic release clause and that he would not be sold.

Suarez had hoped that the Professional Footballers’ Association would take his side but they did not. “If there is a minimum offer of £40m then the parties will discuss things but it does not say the club has to sell,” said the PFA’s chief executive Gordon Taylor. “There is a ‘good faith’ clause in relation to serious discussions, but I can’t say it is a cast-iron buy-out clause.”

Henry decided that he would not bend to player power and made it clear that Suarez would not be sold. “We are not going to sell Luis,” he said. “It’s a football reason. It’s not finances. At this point, so late in the window, with everyone who’s already moved or isn’t moving, we do not have time to replace him. I have said to [Arsenal chief executive] Ivan Gazidis in a personal conversation that we will not sell to Arsenal. It is unequivocal.”

Even though he now appears to be staying, Suarez will not be involved for Liverpool as they begin their Premier League campaign against Stoke City this afternoon. Suarez was given a 10-game ban in April for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, putting him out of the last four games of last season and the first six games of this campaign.

He is likely to return for Liverpool’s Capital One Cup third-round match, if they beat Notts County in the second round, having missed the Premier League games against Stoke, Aston Villa, Manchester United, Swansea City and Southampton.

Liverpool yesterday reached agreement to sign Valencia’s French  left-back Aly Cissokho on a season-long loan, with a view to a longer- term deal.

The France international arrives at Anfield after the club could not complete deals for Guilherme Siqueira of Granada or Benfica’s Lorenzo Melgarejo.

Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
A poster by Durham Constabulary
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Emily McDowell Card that reads:
artCancer survivor Emily McDowell kicks back at the clichés
footballShirt then goes on sale on Gumtree
Arts and Entertainment
Twin Peaks stars Joan Chen, Michael Ontkean, Kyle Maclachlan and Piper Laurie
tvBadalamenti on board for third series
Life and Style
Standing room only: the terraces at Villa Park in 1935
Ben Stokes celebrates with his team mates after bowling Brendon McCullum
sportEngland vs New Zealand report
Amal Clooney has joined the legal team defending 'The Hooden Men'
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine