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Suarez to play for Liverpool in Melbourne

ESPN staff
July 22, 2013
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Luis Suarez is set to pull on a Liverpool shirt for the first time since biting Branislav Ivanovic during the club's pre-season tour in Australia.

Suarez only arrived in Australia on Saturday but is expected to be given a run out against Melbourne Victory at the MCG in front of an expected 90,000 crowd on Wednesday. He trained on Sunday and was reported to be looking in good shape.

Manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed at a press conference that Suarez would feature in the match, but was less forthcoming regarding ongoing discussions with the player over his future.

"I haven't had [a chat] yet," Rodgers said. "We only arrived late last night, he arrived earlier from another part of the world but as we have always been as a club, I am quite relaxed about it. Luis is here as expected, he is an integral part of squad and we will chat at some stage. You could see his closeness with squad last night.

"He will train today and we will communicate over next few weeks. We have spoken quite a lot of the summer. We will chat more but he is a Liverpool player and he will be part of the group. Do I expect him to stay? Very much so. A lot has been said in the off-season, but the reality is that he is very much a player of importance.

"He has reported back for training and had a good rest. Every player has a value and a worth, but it doesn't mean we are going to sell him."

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