Suarez knows he owes Liverpool, says Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has claimed Luis Suarez is aware he owes the Reds his best performances, the Guardian has reported, as the striker prepares to face Manchester United in the Capital One Cup – the first game for which he is available to return after the 10-game ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic in April.

The newspaper adds that Rodgers described Suarez’s eagerness to return by saying the Uruguayan is “champing at the bit,” an unfortunate turn of phrase given the context of the situation, but that Suarez will respond to the backing of the club’s supporters with no less than full commitment should he be chosen to play at Old Trafford.

Suarez has missed 20 games through suspension in the past three seasons but Liverpool lost only once during his latest absence, against Southampton on Saturday. Yet Rodgers believes Suarez fully accepts he has much to make up for. “ I’m sure he does, I’m sure he does,” the manager said.

You’ll find out that once he gets that strip on he’ll work his socks off,” Rodgers continued. “He’s received nothing but affection and love from the supporters. They deserve no less than 100% and knowing Luis, that’s what he’ll give them.

I think he just can’t wait to get playing again. There’s a real determination in him now and obviously there was a lot going on over the course of the summer,” he added. Rodgers went on to say that with Liverpool picking up some injuries in recent weeks, the return of Suarez is particularly welcome in that regard as well.

Suarez had previously claimed over the summer that he wanted to leave Liverpool for a club competing in the Champions League, and accused Rodgers of breaking his promise to allow him to leave this summer, with Arsenal showing a serious interest in taking the former Ajax forward away from Anfield.

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