Liverpool defender Kolo Toure expects Luis Suarez to form a strong partnership with Daniel Sturridge when the Uruguayan striker returns to action after completing his 10-game suspension.
Liverpool's 0-1 home loss to Southampton at the weekend was the last of the striker's ban - picked up last season for biting Branislav Ivanovic.
During the 26-year-old's absence the Reds have won seven, drawn two, and lost one league game.
And Toure is anticipating Suarez's return to give Liverpool a boost especially as he will be partnering an in-form Sturridge.
"Luis is a fantastic player - a top striker who can score a goal at any time. He will strengthen the team," said Toure.
"Daniel Sturridge has been playing so well for us and the two of them will be a very strong partnership. I'm sure Suarez will be ready to be thrown back in.
"You saw from his international appearance the other week, in the first game he had played for a while he scored twice. That just shows how strong this guy is.
"He has been very difficult to defend against in training. He is a winner. He's always working hard and fighting. You want those kind of players."
Sturridge scored four goals in the Anfield side's first four league games of the season, but could not find the net on Saturday when Liverpool lost their first game so far this term.
Liverpool will hope to bounce back when they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.
“It was a tough game,” said Toure of Saturday's loss.
“We didn’t start the game well. We couldn’t pass the ball like we have been doing and we couldn’t lift our pace.
“We weren't positive enough. We need to have the courage to take the responsibility to pass the ball.
“For the four previous games we have been passing the ball well and working hard to get it back. We didn’t do that as a team on Saturday. We failed as a team.
“It’s a setback but the season is long. You are going to have up and down moments, but what’s important is how you react to a defeat.
“United is the ideal game to pick us up. What a game to play. It has come at the right time after this setback. We need to focus on that now.
“I used to dream about playing in games like that, and now I’m going to do everything to make sure we get a win.”
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