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Luis Suarez 'chomping at the bit' to return after suspension

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is convinced that Luis Suarez is completely ready for his return to action after a long spell out through suspension.

Liverpool's loss to Southampton on Saturday was the last of the Uruguayan's 10-game ban picked up for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April.

Suarez will be available for selection for Liverpool's visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday to face Manchester United in the Capital One Cup.

And Rodgers is insistent that the 26-year-old will not suffer from having been out of action for so long and confirmed that a decision would be made in the next 24 hours whether or not Suarez would be selected for the Old Trafford game.

"It has been a really difficult time for him not playing games," said Rodgers."How he has prepared himself over the last number of weeks has been fantastic.

"He's really chomping at the bit to help the team.

"Everyone knows the depth of his quality and his attitude.

"Once he gets back on the field again he will show what he has shown since he's been here."

Suarez was the subject of transfer speculation over the summer with a move to Arsenal widely rumoured.

However he stayed put at Anfield and Liverpool fans will be eager to see if he can reproduce the form of last season when he scored 30 goals in all competitions. 

Asked if Suarez had learnt a lesson from being handed such a lengthy ban, Rodgers replied: "We will see, we will see."

Liverpool's 0-1 home loss to Southampton was their first reverse in the league so far this season - they currently sit fifth on ten points. 

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