How on earth can Suarez's return be bad for Liverpool?

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There have been some frankly ridiculous suggestions that Luis Suarez’s imminent return to Liverpool’s starting eleven could be negative for the team.

The theory is Suarez’s ego and profile, that apparent necessity to be the main man at the club having remained at Anfield beyond the summer when there were bids coming in for him.

However, it’s all ridiculous because the current culture Brendan Rodgers has created at Liverpool plus the positives of Suarez’s return mean there can’t be any realistic downsides to him coming back into the team.

Rodgers has created a superb team spirit at the club and rather than damage that, Suarez’s quality and effectiveness will only enhance Liverpool’s chances of success, improving that team ethic even further.

“Neither Luis or Daniel will be the main man. This isn't the type of club for egos. It's a club where players get told where to play. We don't mollycoddle them here. They are all expected to come in and do a job,” said Rodgers.

Suarez is not a naïve man. He knows Liverpool will be looking for a reaction from him following the bids for him and everything that went on over the summer.

He can’t afford to throw his toys out of the pram to try and become Liverpool’s ‘main man’ because if he does, Rodgers has the cover to make sure he sits on the bench.

Suarez should be very determined to hit the ground running and he should feel inspired due to the great start to the season Liverpool have had.

If the Reds can beat Swansea City, they’ll have made it four wins from four at the start of the season, maintaining their good form with many suggesting it can’t possibly last.

Rather than threaten a player like Sturridge, Suarez has the ability to make him even better because of his own skill, awareness and decision making in the final third which should make it easier for Sturridge to get on the end of little through balls and half chances.

“People were talking about Suarez making us a one-man team last year and I kept saying that wasn't true. Luis himself didn't think like that and when he comes back, we've got another world-class player to fit in the team,” added the boss.

The only possible complication that Suarez’s return creates is how he fits into the side with Sturridge, who has been the best striker, with Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, so far this season.

There has been a debate over whether Sturridge or Suarez will be moved to a slightly wider role in the Liverpool attack but either way, they will make the team a much more daunting eleven to play against.

What d you think? Where does Suarez fit in when he returns?

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