Luis Suarez’s return to competitive action for Liverpool is guaranteed to make headlines.
The fact that upon his return he will face Manchester United on Wednesday night in a Capital One Cup tie makes it all the more important that Suarez steps up for his club.
The disappointment of losing Philippe Coutinho, who is out for a few weeks due to a shoulder injury, is a hugely significant one for Liverpool, who suffered a home defeat to Southampton in their first match without the talented Brazilian.
At the weekend, Liverpool lacked the intelligence and ability to find that all-important final ball to break down the well drilled Southampton defence.
The absence of Coutinho certainly contributed to that, but Brendan Rodgers will be looking forward to the return of Suarez following their weekend defeat. Supporters will feel that the return of their star striker has come at exactly the right time for their side.
"It has been a really difficult time for him not playing games," Rodgers is quoted as saying on the BBC website.
"How he has prepared himself over the last number of weeks has been fantastic. 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 is a player who scored 30 goals in 44 appearances last season and, suffice it to say, would have been awarded for his talents had he not been so famously reckless with his mouth on two occasions.
The bite on Branislav Ivanovic, committed last time Suarez represented Liverpool in a Premier League game, shocked many because of its malicious nature that many fans had never seen before on a football pitch.
His flirtations this summer with the like of Real Madrid, Arsenal and many others showed that Suarez showed little respect for the club that has supported him through both his racism and biting scandals.
Come the end of summer, he stayed. Some Liverpool supporters may have lost some love for their Uruguayan forward, but they will all know that he is a world class striker. The Merseyside club cannot afford to simply leave such an influential player on the sidelines.
Liverpool's actions off-field have managed to keep an incredibly valuable asset and Suarez now needs to help them continue their impressive early-season form that took the Reds to the top of the league.
Due to their result at the weekend, Liverpool’s position was short lived and it could now be up to the Uruguayan to repay the debt to the club that has stood by him so devoutly.
It remains to be seen whether Suarez will stay at Anfield at the end of the season. I suspect he won’t. But, if he gets his head down and uses his immense talent proficiently, Suarez could easily fill the void left by the absence of Coutinho.
If his impact to Liverpool’s season can come as fast as at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, then the fans who doubt him will certainly start to come around.
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