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Winger gets warning, Mignolet relieved to be on Suarez's side - Liverpool morning news

Simon Mignolet returns to his former club on Sunday in an optimistic mood, and Lucas gets a Brazil recall.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has told 18-year-old Raheem Sterling to knuckle down if he wants to fulfil his potential.

The winger has been involved in a couple of court cases off the field, and Rodgers has urged him to focus on his football if he wants to be a success at Anfield.

He said: ‘He needs to stabilise his life, understand the remarkable opportunity he has at one of the biggest clubs in the world and focus everything in on his career.’

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet told Sky Sports News are capable of competing against the top sides and is optimistic for the season.

The Belgian said: ’We’ve got a very good side and I think in the games so far we’ve showed in the games so far as well. For example in the games against Manchester United, against a top we’ve shown we’re capable of doing them harm.’

The former Sunderland man, who returns to his old club on Sunday with Liverpool has said he is glad he is now on the same side as Luis Suarez, especially after a strike that beat him from the narrowest of angles in March 2011. The shot-stopper also said Suarez’s return to the side is pleasing for the rest of the squad.

He told the Liverpool Echo: ‘As a goalkeeper you never want to concede, but that was a good finish and he’s scored past lots of goalkeepers.

‘Seeing him come back into the squad is a big boost for us.’

Managing director Ian Ayre said the actions of striker Luis Suarez ‘damaged the brand’ of Liverpool Football Club.

The Uruguayan has just returned from a ten match ban for biting and Ayre said: ‘Any types of incident of that nature are damaging to a brand, but Liverpool Football Club always will be way bigger than any one player.

‘Nobody is condoning any bad behaviour, but it is just something you have to deal with.’

Midfielder Lucas Leiva has expressed his delighted at being recalled to Brazil squad for next month’s friendlies against South Korea and and Zambia.

Lucas said yesterday: ‘Today the feeling is [like] when I got my first call to play for Brazil. I am very happy to have this opportunity to represent my country again.’

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