Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: Luis Suárez fit for QPR clash

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers expects Uruguay striker Luis Suárez to be fit for the club's clash against QPR on Sunday

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Brendan Rodgers replaced Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool manager in May Photo: WBUR, via Flickr

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Brendan Rodgers has played down concerns over Luis Suárez’s fitness, insisting the Liverpool striker will be “fine” to face Queens Park Rangers on Sunday.

The Uruguay international picked up a knock on his ankle in the Reds’ 3-1 loss to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day.

Rodgers has rubbished talk of resting Suárez in recent weeks despite the former Ajax forward starting 18 of their 19 Premier League games this season.

The 24-year-old is Liverpool’s top scorer with 11 league goals, and the Reds boss expects to have the striker available for the trip to Loftus Road.

“Luis will be fine,” said Rodgers. “He’s a real robust player and is very rarely in the treatment room.

“He’s been playing with a bad ankle for a couple of weeks and took a heavy knock the other night, but he’s fine.”

Rodgers is also pleased with Lucas Leiva’s progress since the Brazil midfielder returned to the starting line-up following a thigh injury.

“With Lucas Leiva, we’re just trying to guide him through this period,” he added.

“He’d obviously been out for a long time and he’s getting an hour, 75 and 80 minutes, so
we’re just trying to get him up to speed.

“That’s going to take Lucas a wee bit of time, but he’s coming along very, very well.

“Apart from that, we’re fine. Everyone is in good condition.”

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