Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers Claims Luis Suarez Is Raring To Go

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Reds boss faces tough decision over striker.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers faces a tough decision over whether to include Luis Suarez in his next squad after the striker finally completed his 10 game ban, the Express reports.

Rodgers admitted that the Uruguayan had been suffering from sitting on the sidelines for so long, but his fighting spirit has got him through and now he is “champing at the bit” to get going once again.

However, he is less sure about whether the player had learned from the sanction imposed for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April.

Rodgers kept quiet over whether Suarez had been seen by the club’s in house psychologist, Dr Steve Peters, after it had been mentioned that he would undergo a full rehabilitation programme.

This isn’t the first time that the 26-year-old has been found guilty of biting an opponent, though, having been slapped with a ban for seven matches for sinking his teeth into PSV Eindhoven’s Otman Bakkal while playing for Ajax in November 2010.

“I am not going into too much detail on him but he has had support in every way,” said Rodgers.

“It is not just technical and tactical development here, we look at physical elements and how we can improve psychological state. He has worked tirelessly on every aspect.

“He’s had a long time to reflect on what has happened but now all that is in the past, the ban is finished and he has suffered because he hasn’t been playing.

“Now he is available and we are all delighted he is ready to go again.”

But asked whether Suarez had learned his lesson after a second lengthy ban for biting, Rodgers could only say: “We will see, we will see.”

Liverpool will take on Manchester United for the second time this season as they square up for the Capital One Cup fourth round, and though Suarez has not played competitively since April 21, Rodgers has said that he has no doubt the player will be ready for action should he decide to throw him in.

“How he has prepared himself over the last number of weeks has been fantastic,” said the Reds boss, who will decide in the next 24 hours whether Suarez starts at Old Trafford.

“He’s really champing at the bit to help the team.

“Everyone knows the depth of his quality and his attitude.

“He is non-stop and he has commitment and I am sure once he gets back on the field again he will show what he has shown since he’s been here, which is top quality.

“He played a behind-closed-doors game against Burnley and we had a lot of our younger players in that because some of the older ones had played a reserve game the night before.

“I know a lot of players who would’ve decided to come and train that morning but he loves the game and he lives for the game and he put everything into that.

“It is what we expect because that is the type of character he is.”

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