Liverpool plea to United for truce on Suarez to calm the storm ahead of February clash
In training: Luis Suarez on Thursday
Liverpool will seek peace talks with Manchester United to defuse the furore surrounding Luis Suarez ahead of their trip to Old Trafford on February 11.
The match will be the first meeting between English football's fiercest rivals since Suarez was found guilty of racially abusing United's Patrice Evra at Anfield on October 15.
United supporters have already started chanting inflammatory songs about the incident – most notably at Craven Cottage last month – and the potential for tension between fans is huge.
But Liverpool are aware of the sensitivities and plan to discuss strategies with the United hierarchy to ensure the game passes off as calmly as possible.
That does not mean, though, that Liverpool will leave out Suarez – who has publicly apologised for any offence caused but has not said sorry to Evra – for the game.
The striker will have served an eight-match ban by then and is set to return in the Barclays Premier League against Tottenham at Anfield on February 6.
The trip to Old Trafford will be his first away match. Suarez is sure to receive a hot reception in Manchester but Liverpool do not believe the Uruguayan will be hounded out of the league over his misdemeanour.
Some observers had suggested Suarez, 24, would find it difficult to cope with the controversy, but Liverpool are confident he has the fortitude to carry on. Dalglish described Suarez last month as a 'strong character'.
Liverpool also want talks with the FA about the affair, when they will call for a clampdown on obscene chants at players.
Suarez will continue to train with Liverpool for now, but could be given leave – his involvement in last summer's Copa America means he has played for almost a year non-stop.
Row: Suarez was found guilty of making racism comments to Patrice Evra
Meanwhile, sportswear giant adidas will not sever their ties with Suarez despite him being found guilty by a three-man independent commission.
But Liverpool continue to be criticised for their handling of the case and Lord Ouseley, chairman of the Kick It Out campaign, said: 'I cannot believe a club of Liverpool's stature can allow its integrity to be debased by such crass and ill‑considered responses.'
Former England defender Sol Campbell added: 'Suarez has apologised but he hasn't gone far enough. He hasn't apologised to Evra and that is unacceptable.'
Growing anger: A Manchester City supporter holds up an anti-racism banner during Tuesday's match against Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium