LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers is willing to throw Luis Suarez in at the deep end, by playing him in the League Cup clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford next week according to The Mirror.
Rodgers has confirmed that he will take fielding Suarez in what will undoubtedly be a heated clash against David Moyes’ men, the first match that the Uruguayan will be eligible to start this season after serving a 10 match ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.
The 26 year old is not in the good books of United fans, who are still reeling from his language towards Patrice Evra in 2011, and can expect a thunderously hostile reception on Wednesday.
Rodgers, however, has no qualms about this. When asked if he would play Suarez against United, instead of bringing him in for the comparatively mellow game against Sunderland next Saturday, the Northern Irishman replied: “It would be something to consider.”
Rodgers has been preparing Suarez, who was still able to participate for his country, on a specific fitness regime in order for him to unleash his full abilities, come his return.
Speaking of this, Rodgers said:
“We’ve been organising some games behind closed doors, both in terms of in-house 11-a-side matches and bringing teams in, he has been doing a lot of individual work, specific to him, on top of all that and replicating his high-intensity speed runs he would do in a game.
“It’s 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’s at a level, where we hope he will hit the ground running.
“He’s working his socks off. He’s flushing himself out to the maximum to be as fit as he possibly can.”
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