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Suarez in line for Liverpool captaincy

ESPN staff
December 13, 2013
Luis Suarez has scored 15 goals this season © Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers is prepared to hand Luis Suarez the Liverpool captaincy in Steven Gerrard's absence - starting at Tottenham on Sunday.

Gerrard is set to miss the next four weeks with a hamstring injury. Although Daniel Agger was made vice-captain in the summer, the defender has not been able to hold down a regular spot in Rodgers' first team.

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Agger also missed Liverpool's 4-1 win over West Ham last weekend with illness. Suarez on the other hand scored two goals to take his tally for the season to 15.

Suarez has been in sensational form since returning from a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April, and could now mark a dramatic turnaround since his attempt to leave Liverpool for Arsenal this summer.

When asked if Suarez is ready to be given the armband, Rodgers said: "Yes, absolutely - 150 per cent."

Following their trip to White Hart Lane, Liverpool also face Manchester City and Chelsea away before the end of the year, and Rodgers insists the club will know where they stand following this tough examination of their credentials.

"We have a lot of big games to play at home and we're comfortable at home," Rodgers said.

"The idea is to get to the halfway point and be in contention. We know the difficulty of the games but this is a team that works really hard.

"We have got some outstanding individuals who are out and perhaps there are some teams who can cope better than us - but I still have a group of players who are going to die for the cause."

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