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Should Rodgers or Wenger be sacked?

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Jul 21, 2013

Reds expect Suarez to play Victory

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he expects unsettled striker Luis Suarez to play against Melbourne Victory on Wednesday night, and to stay at the Premier League club.

Rodgers says Suarez, who is believed to want out of the club as Liverpool visit Australia for the first time, was a valued member of the squad and he would not be considered for a transfer unless an adequate offer was received.

The controversial Uruguayan arrived in Australia on Sunday after missing the Reds' opening Asian tour match in Indonesia on Saturday night.

The rest of his teammates flew into Melbourne on Sunday night to a rousing welcome from fans.

Rodgers says Suarez will play in a full strength line-up against A-League club Melbourne Victory at the MCG, and believes he will stay this season.

"Unless there's any sort of offer that comes in anywhere near his value then there's nothing to consider," Rodgers said in Melbourne on Monday.

"He's an integral part of our squad and we'll chat at some stage ... he's in great spirits. He'll join training today."

Rodgers has also flagged skipper Steven Gerrard playing, as well as Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones if he has overcome a knock which restricted his involvement in the match against an Indonesian XI in Jakarta.

The MCG clash is a sellout, with more than 95,000 expected to turn up for the game.

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