Controversial attacker now has just two matches left to serve of his ten-game ban.
Liverpool head coach Brendan Rodgers says that front-men Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge will both have to play together for the good of the team when the former eventually returns from suspension later this month, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
The coveted Uruguay international is currently serving a ten-match ban imposed by The Football Association after the striker was found guilty of biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in a Premier League clash at Anfield last April.
So far, Suarez has served eight of those games, with the 26-year-old set to make his long-awaited return to the Reds’ starting lineup when they take on arch-rivals Manchester United in the League Cup at Old Trafford on Sept 25.
And the mercurial forward’s comeback is set to present Rodgers with a tricky dilemma as far as which of Suarez and the in-form Sturridge plays as the centre-forward for the Merseyside giants following the latter’s brilliant start to the new season.
The England international has already managed to find the back of the net on five occasions in Liverpool’s first four fixtures, all resulting in wins for Rodgers’ side.
However, the Northern Irishman has been quick to lay down the law ahead of Suarez’s return to the fold later this month, explaining: “Liverpool isn’t that type of club. It’s a club where players get told where to play. We don’t mollycoddle them, they are expected to come in and do a job. If they want to be the superstar, if they want to be the individual, they can forget it.
“It’s about the team and whatever they can bring to the team, they will do. We know what strikers are like, what they want. But I don’t think it’s an issue in this case.’
“Neither of them will be the main man. This is based around a team. People were talking about Suarez being a one-man team last year, I kept saying we’re not and if you look at the results since, clearly we weren’t.
“I see them both as people. I was exactly the same at Chelsea, the boys there like John Terry will tell you that.
“Sturridge has this myth around him that he was a real arrogant sort, a difficult boy. He’s actually one of the nicest boys I’ve met.”