Suarez to play in Liverpool friendly

Luis Suarez is to play for Liverpool for the first time since biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April, ESPN has reported, as the Reds begin their tour of Australia.

Liverpool will face Melbourne Victory at the iconic MCG with a crowd of 90,000 expected in attendance – and although Suarez only arrived in the country on Saturday and has spent the summer playing for Uruguay at the Confederations Cup, he is expected to feature in the Wednesday fixture.

Suarez has spent much of the summer insisting he wants to leave Anfield – indeed, the whole of English football after feeling harshly treated by the press following a number of controversial incidents. Suarez is currently in the midst of a 10-game ban for biting Ivanovic and has previously sat out an eight-game suspension for racially abusing Patrice Evra. Suarez was also sanctioned for a gesture made to Fulham supporters at Craven Cottage, and has been at the centre of a number of furores over his alleged diving as well.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he has yet to speak with Suarez as he arrived before the rest of the team but insists he sees no need to rush a conversation with the unsettled forward.

Luis is here as expected, he is an integral part of squad and we will chat at some stage. You could see his closeness with squad last night,” Rodgers said, adding: “ We have spoken quite a lot of the summer. We will chat more but he is a Liverpool player and he will be part of the group. Do I expect him to stay? Very much so.

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