As the time approaches for Liverpool’s divisive striker to return to action, Brendan Rodgers reveals that Luis Suarez has been “flushing himself out to the maximum” in order to be fully fit to face Manchester United in the Capital One Cup.
Football is a fickle beast. Just over a month ago Suarez was rumoured to be readying lawyers to help him force a move through to leave Liverpool for Arsenal.
However, after the club stood firm and a move failed to materialise, the Uruguayan has apparently been the model of professionalism, shock, as he prepares to be reintroduced to competitive football for Liverpool, after serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
Speaking to press the Reds boss said: “He (Luis Suarez) 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.”
Liverpool could certainly do with his services if they are to negotiate their trickiest of fourth-round Capital One Cup ties away at Old Trafford, where the visitor’s price for League Cup glory has understandably lengthened to 12/1 since the draw was made.
Meanwhile, hosts Manchester United are currently available at 9/1 to win the League Cup with Ladbrokes.
If Suarez’ return to first-team action goes well, then his reintegration to Rodgers’ Premier League starting XI for their following fixture at Sunderland seems inevitable.
Dislodging Daniel Sturridge in the central striking role may be a little difficult however, given the England man has now become the first ever player in the club’s history to have notched in his first four Premier League games – making him a 9/1 shot to top the scoring charts as a result.
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