The Liverpool manager reported that Suarez has been doing plenty of high-intensity training ahead of the Capital One Cup match at Old Trafford, with Rodgers hoping to go a long way in this competition considering his team don’t have any European dates this term.
“We have been organising some games behind closed doors, both in terms of in-house 11-a-side matches and bringing teams in,” explained Rodgers. “In between that he has had international games as well to keep him ticking along. He has been doing a lot of individual work specific to him on top of all that and replicating his high-intensity speed runs that he would do in a game”.
Suarez will be one of several changes to the Liverpool team that lost at home to Southampton on Saturday, with William Hill offering odds of 5/2 that the Merseyside team beat their arch-rivals who were humbled during Sunday’s Manchester derby.
Manchester United were roundly beaten 4-1 by City and never looked at the races at the Etihad Stadium, with David Moyes hoping that his players produce a reaction when turning out at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Hills once again have a best price about the home side, offering 5/4 that the Red Devils bounce back from the derby day humiliation, with the draw on offer at 23/10.
It is unlikely that Wayne Rooney will start the game and the same applies to Robin van Persie who recovers from a thigh injury and hopes to be fit for the weekend’s clash against West Bromwich Albion.
That means that Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez are likely to start in attack, while Shinji Kagawa is likely to return after strangely being left out of the line-up to face Manchester City, with the Japanese player available at 21/2 with BetVictor to score the first of this encounter.
Meanwhile, Nani, Jonny Evans and Tom Cleverley will also get a chance to stake their claim for a first-team spot as Moyes hopes to put the derby firmly behind him and United do have more squad depth than their opponents.
Liverpool are missing Glen Johnson and will give Daniel Sturridge the night off for this League Cup match, with Luis Alberto likely to enjoy a rare start for the club since making his £6.8million move from Seville.
In the absence of Philippe Coutinho over the next few weeks, perhaps Alberto can step up to the plate for Alberto, while that man Suarez is going to be a popular bet at 6/1 to score the first goal of the game, with the Old Trafford crowd likely to give the forward a hostile reception.