Luis Suarez to make Liverpool FC return against Manchester United
The ten-game ban is drawing to an end and Luis Suarez will return for Liverpool on Wednesday when his team play at Old Trafford in the third round of the Capital One Cup.
September 19th, 2013
Suarez has been absent since biting Branislav Ivanovic towards the end of last season, although Brendan Rodgers expects the Uruguayan to make a ‘seamless’ return to action, although warned that the forward isn’t a guaranteed starter in the Premier League.
“We have been organising some games behind closed doors, both in terms of in-house 11-a-side matches and bringing teams in,” explained Rodgers. “In between that he has had international games as well to keep him ticking along. He has been doing a lot of individual work specific to him on top of all that and replicating his high-intensity speed runs that he would do in a game.
“It is not the same as playing in a match but say he did 1,000 high-intensity runs in a game, he has been replicating that in training so that he is at a level where we hope he will hit the ground running. There are always other things in a game – the crowd and the anxiety that you cannot replicate in training – but what you can at least do is get him to a level of fitness so that his numbers are replicated and that keeps him at a high level.
“The idea is that hopefully when he steps back in it will be seamless. Of course there will be a transitional period for him but I am really looking forward to having him back. He is working his socks off. At the end of sessions, he is having extra work tagged on relative to him and his position. He is flushing himself out to the maximum to be as fit as he possibly can. I am looking forward to it.”
Liverpool play their final Premier League game without Suarez on Saturday when they entertain Southampton, with Philippe Coutinho also ruled out of the match and for several weeks with a thigh injury.