Having played a golden role in Uruguay's victory in the Copa America, Luis Suarez will return to Anfield in a ‘pretty happy and confident’ mood...so says Kenny Dalglish who hopes his star striker will have recovered sufficiently to be available from the start of the Barclays Premier League season.
Suarez won the Golden Boot as the leading scorer in South America to help Uruguay win their 15th Copa title last month and will re-join the Reds next week after an extended break.
His exploits in the summer were expected to keep him out for the start of the season, but Dalglish is hopeful the original prognosis is altered. "Luis will be back next week. We'll start thinking about him then. Lucas [who played in the tournament for Brazil] is back and has been training since Monday.
"We'll just see with Luis when he comes in. He's had a fantastic summer. He's done fantastically in the Copa América both as an individual and as a team player. He should be pretty happy with himself and pretty confident looking forward to the start of the season.
"We need to be careful with every player. We'll see how he is when he comes in and have a discussion with him. We can't predict how he is going to be like."
Dalglish has also moved to defend Liverpool's pre-season form, which has seen them concede three goals in each of their last five games, the latest being an entertaining 3-3 draw with Valerenga.
"We could have been better but we've had a lot of people coming in at various times," he admitted. "Everybody that's been with us has got a reasonable amount of time on the pitch because they've all trained really well.
"They need a bit of reward for what they've done in training and then we've got to assess what we need for ourselves going forward and we'll do that.
"We're getting closer to the Sunderland game so we'll get closer to narrowing the squad down a little and being more selective, but we've given everybody an opportunity to try and impress."