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Suarez priorities lie with Liverpool

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Luis Suarez has admitted his focus has switched from international duty to Liverpool ahead of Uruguay's friendly clash against Italy.

The 24-year-old struck four times against Chile on Friday night, helping Oscar Tabarez's side to a 4-0 win and a place at the top of their South American World Cup qualifying group.

However, the former Ajax hitman came off on 77 minutes with a back complaint, and whilst Suarez has played down the severity of the injury, he admits he's thinking of the long-term affect it could have on the Reds.

"I was a little scared by the pain I had in the game but treatment I had was just a precaution and it does not hurt," he told El Pais.

"There will be no problem but the decision is going to be the coach (Oscar Tabarez). I risk a lot to Liverpool. I have a very important game next weekend against Chelsea.

"I love to play every game for the national team but now they are several tough matches in the club and you have to give a little priority."

The good news for Kenny Dalglish is that Tabarez will not be risking the player in tonight's prestigious friendly, admitting it would be unfair to the Merseysiders if he played when not at full fitness.

“Suarez took a knock against Chile and is not in the best shape. He is getting better, but for the player, and for his club (Liverpool), it would make no sense to risk an injury, that is the way we see things.”

It's a boost for the Reds, who have Chelsea (twice) and Manchester City in their next three games in all competitions.

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