Ban for biting Ivanovic a turning point in Suarez's career, claims Rodgers

The Uruguayan was suspended for 10 games for biting Branislav Ivanovic but the Liverpool manager believes there will be no "backlash" when his side face Chelsea on Sunday
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Luis Suarez’s 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic has been a turning point in the striker’s career.

The Uruguayan returned from the suspension in September and has struck 19 goals in 13 Premier League appearances as Liverpool sit fourth in the table.

Suarez, who signed a new long-term contract with the club earlier in December, is set to face Ivanovic for the first time since the incident at Stamford Bridge as Liverpool face Chelsea on Sunday.

“I don’t think there’s anything else there,” Rodgers told reporters.

“They spoke after it and it was cleared up back then. I think it will probably end up proving to be a turning point in Luis’ career.

“He’s been brilliant on his return both on and off the field so I do not expect any backlash from that.”