Luis Suarez should be benched - Rush

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Liverpool legend Ian Rush hopes the club will condemn Luis Suarez to the bench when the Uruguayan comes back into contention for selection after the end of his lengthy suspension.

Suarez continues to serve a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season, and is scheduled to make his long-awaited return to action for the Capital One Cup encounter with Manchester United next week.

The 26-year-old striker was Liverpool's top goalscorer last term but, so far in 2012-13, the Reds have fared well without Suarez, having recorded victories in each of their opening three Premier League fixtures.

Liverpool sit at the top of the table as the only team with 100 percent record, with each their victories secured thanks to a solitary goal from in-form forward Daniel Sturridge.

The potent performances of the England international leaves Brendan Rodgers with a potential selection dilemma when Suarez returns, but Rush is hopeful the Liverpool boss will continue to show faith in his current leading man.

"For me, in an ideal world, after six games [of the season] when Suarez is back, I’d love to see him left out because that would mean the team is winning and he has to fight for his place," Rush told talkSPORT.

"There’s no doubt Suarez will get back in, but what a sight that would be for the opposition if Liverpool are not playing well and they see Suarez coming on.

"We’re looking forward to that."

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