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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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Suarez set to play against Victory

It appears Australia is where Liverpool's Luis Suarez saga will be settled - one way or the other.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he expects the wantaway striker to play against Melbourne Victory on Wednesday night, and to stay at the English Premier League club this season.

But he hasn't entirely ruled out the notion of selling the controversial Uruguayan if the right offer is tabled - though according to Rodgers, it hasn't been so far.

"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."

Suarez did exactly that later on Monday.

He took part in Liverpool's closed session at AAMI Park after flying into Australia on Sunday ahead of his teammates, who opened their Asian pre-season tour with a 2-0 win over an Indonesian XI in Jakarta at the weekend.

Suarez has another three years to run on his current deal.

But he has indicated he wants to leave Liverpool after a season in which along with 23 goals, he was banned for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

The previous season, he was banned for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

Talks between Rodgers, Reds managing director Ian Ayre, and Suarez about the 26-year-old's future look likely prior to Liverpool's sellout friendly in front of more than 90,000.

Reports suggest Arsenal are interested in signing Suarez, though the Gunners' $58 million valuation falls far short of the $92 million Liverpool believe he is worth.

And even then, an offer that would tempt the club may not be enough, Rodgers said.

"I didn't say we would sell him. I said that every player has a value and a worth. Doesn't mean you've got to sell them."

Rodgers has flagged skipper Steven Gerrard playing against the Victory, as well as Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones.

But the Socceroo will have to prove he's overcome a knock which kept him out of the Jakarta match.

Neither Suarez or Gerrard is expected to play the full 90 minutes.

Liverpool were given a resounding welcome on arrival in Melbourne late on Sunday night, with fans gathering in their hundreds outside the team hotel on Monday hoping for a glimpse of their heroes on their first visit to Australia.

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