Also there is an injury boost for the side, and a couple of England call-ups.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident that Luis Suarez will get a warm reception as he plays his first competitive game at Anfield since returning from his ban for biting an opponent. The Reds play second from bottom Crystal Palace tomorrow, Saturday, and Rodgers is relaxed about any future approaches from other clubs for the Uruguayan.
He told the Liverpool Echo: ‘He has done his talking on the field recently. During the two games he has played since he came back from suspension he has shown how committed he is with his work rate. My only concentration was getting the summer window over and done with and having a top player still here and that’s what happened.
‘You never know in football nowadays. After the experiences of the summer it’s so hard to tell.’
The Liverpool boss also shared his thinking behind Liverpool adopting the 3-4-1-2 formation in the past few games. He told the Liverpool Echo: ‘It’s about exploiting the strength of our players and I think this does it well for us. What I’ve found is that if I play one up top and one wide, I take a little bit away from them. They work better as a proper front two.’
The Liverpool boss has also received a triple injury boost with all three of Aly Cissokho, Glen Johnson and Joe Allen returning to training.
Cissokho could return to the squad for this weekend’s game against Crystal Palace, whilst Johnson and Allen are in light training. Philippe Coutinho is in line for a return at the end of the month against West Bromwich Albion.
There are two Liverpool players in the England squad for their qualifiers with Montenegro and Poland. Steven Gerrard will captain the side with in-form Daniel Sturridge also selected.
Raheem Streling has been selected for England’s Under 21 squad along with Jack Robinson who is on loan from Liverpool at Blackpool.
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