Luis Suarez will improve Sturridge - Rodgers

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the return of Luis Suarez will help and not hinder Daniel Sturridge.

Suarez returned to action on Wednesday night after a 10-match ban as the Reds were knocked out of the Capital One Cup at Manchester United

And, with Suarez expecting to now play a major role in Rodgers' plans, the Reds boss is adamant that Sturridge will only benefit from playing alongside the controversial Uruguayan star.

Rodgers' side travel to a struggling Sunderland side on Sunday and Suarez could be in line to make his first Premier League appearance of the season.

Ahead of the game, commenting on Suarez's relationship with Sturridge, the Reds boss said: "I think it will only improve him (Sturridge) and make him a better player. Good players want to play with other good players.

"I think you will see with how they will perform together that they can be a real threat.

"It is not something that Daniel or anyone else will be worried about. Their focus is on the team.

"It is my job to manage the dynamics and the structure of the team.

"We looked at a different system (3-5-2) the other night which would suit the players who were available and after a few days' preparation and then a performance like that at Old Trafford, it clearly showed we can work in that way if we want to.

"For Daniel and Luis, it worked really well. I have no worries about that.

"We have been able to work on real-game situations in training (during Suarez's suspension).

"There has been a lot of relationships which have been formed in training and the fluency of the team the other night was excellent.

"That will get better over time and of course, once they play in the games."

The Reds boss also gave huge praise to Sturridge, suggesting the England international can be a constant threat to sides even when not 100% fit.

Rodgers continued by saying: "There is no taking (him) out. Even when he is not 100% fit he is still an amazing player, a player who will put defenders on the back foot.

"He is a player who is very important for our team, he is a real catalyst at that top end."

Sturridge and Suarez will be hoping to impress at the Stadium of Light this weekend and get Liverpool back to winning ways after two straight defeats.

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