Can Suarez complete his rehabilitation?
Luis Suarez. Pic: Getty Images

Luis Suarez, one of the explosive talents and characters in football, is unrepentant about his World Cup infamy, but would love to make a more positive impact in Brazil.

His season at Liverpool has marked a stunning comeback in his campaign.

The 2010 World Cup quarter-final between Uruguay and Ghana was level 1-1 as the match entered the final minute of extra-time and the Africans would have taken the lead had Suarez not used his hand to keep out Dominic Adiyah's header.

Suarez was sent off but Asamoah Gyan failed to convert the resulting penalty and, with the match ending 1-1, Uruguay claimed victory in a shootout.

Suarez's joyous celebrations angered many neutrals who felt justice had not been done.

Remarkably the Liverpool star's reputation plunged lower in the next three years.

In December 2011, Suarez was banned for eight matches and fined £40,000 ($A73,000) for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra during a match at Anfield.

Then last April he was handed a 10-match suspension for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

The barrage of criticism that greeted both incidents would have been enough to shatter the spirit of many players and it would have been no surprise to see Suarez quit England at the end of last season.

But the man nicknamed "El Pistolero" or the gun-slinger in Uruguay is made of sterner stuff.

Suarez was brought back into the fold by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers following the conclusion of the ban for the Ivanovic clash and he returned with a sustained burst of brilliance that saw him score 31 Premier League goals and claim the players' Footballer of the Year title.

The 27-year-old was at his brilliant best again during Liverpool's 6-3 victory over Cardiff in March, netting his third hat-trick of the season.

Suarez has rehabilitated his reputation in the eyes of many in England thanks to that scintillating run of form, which took Liverpool to the verge of claiming the Premier League title.

Now all he has to do is carry that form onto the game's grandest stage in Brazil and maybe the rest of the world will forgive him for his own 'hand of god' moment.

"Stopping a goal with my hand I believe did nothing evil to anyone, it was just stopping a goal," Suarez said recently of the incident.

The West Australian

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