Luis Suarez suffers humbling defeat on Liverpool return

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Luis Suarez completed his first full 90 minutes in a Liverpool shirt since last season, but was unable to prevent the club's development side from falling to a humbling defeat at the hands of Burnley.

The Clarets triumphed 2-0 on Merseyside courtesy of goals from Cameron Howeison and Steven Hewitt, leaving coach Simon Weatherstone delighted with a fine result against strong opposition.

“It was a great performance from the lads throughout the game," he told the official Burnley website.

“In possession we were very bright and effective and always had options available, which we used intelligently.

“Out of possession we were also very organised and disciplined against very good opposition, including the obvious threat posed by Suarez.

“We were delighted with the result and performance and I am sure the boys will have picked up so much from playing a quality team.”

Suarez has yet to feature competitively for the Liverpool senior team this season as he continues to serve his 10-match suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic, but his outing against Burnley is part of his increased activity ahead of his return.

The Uruguay international will become available for selection for the Liverpool first-team after the weekend encounter with Southampton at Anfield, although may struggle to dislodge Daniel Sturridge upon his return.

Suarez's first game back for Liverpool could be the Capital One Cup encounter with Manchester United, which takes place next Wednesday at Old Trafford.

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