Fresh from his first day back with training with the first team Luis Suarez wore his Liverpool shirt and was waving to fans ahead of the team's game against Stoke.

It is a remarkable turnaround from just a few days ago when the striker seemed set on leaving the club with Champions League side Arsenal registering their interest.

The controversial Uruguayan received warm applause from the few Liverpool fans who had arrived early enough to witness the unscheduled 'lap of honour' and boss Brendan Rodgers was also happy to see Suarez smiling.

Stoke fans booed and made diving gestures but Suarez will be reassured by the positive reaction of Reds' supporters and from his manager.

The Northern Irishman said: ‘I think I said in the press conference that Luis Suarez is obviously banned from playing and out until September. Out of respect for all the other players that have been outstanding for me I am not going to mention any more on Luis Suarez. The main thing is he's back in the group and smiling.

'He's been brilliant for the club - obviously there have been issues over the summer - but I'm sure they'll be resolved.'

Rodgers had previously ordered Suarez to train by himself last week after the 26-year-old revealed his desire to join Arsenal and his insistence that the club had 'promised' he was able to go if they did not reach the top four.

But upon returning from international duty with his country he apologised to his team-mates and trained with them.

Suarez now looks set to stay at the club with Rodgers revealing it would take a bid close to the value of Tottenham's Gareth Bale to prize him away.

The fact that Suarez was wearing his Liverpool shirt before the first Premier League game of the season will be interpreted by many as a sign that he is willing to wear the club colours this season.