Football betting has been strongly affected by Liverpool’s encouraging start to the season which has threatened to unsettle the more likely candidates to finish in the top-four come May – but with the wheels falling off in recent games, Brendon Rodger’s side are clearly in need of a boost.
That boost may well come in the form of Luis Suarez who, having finished a ten-game suspension which began back in April, is now available to provide the creative spark which has been so sorely lacking since Phillippe Coutinho’s injury against Swansea.
The former Inter Milan midfielder finds himself out of action until the end of October, and it is no coincidence that the Reds have failed to find the back of the net once in the 125 minutes they have toiled away without him on the pitch – meaning they have reaped just one point from their last two fixtures and destroyed their perfect start to the season.
In both the remainder of the fixture following his substitution against Swansea as well as the disappointing home loss to Southampton later in the week, his team-mates struggled to create openings despite new recruits Victor Moses, Luis Alberto and Iago Aspas supposedly providing alternative creative outlets.
Amongst those who know how to bet on football, the talk is that the returning Suarez is expected to play in the hole behind Sturridge, meaning Liverpool might just have found a way to pair two of the most potent strikers in the Premiership.
The Liverpool boss stated his belief that Suarez would be ready for action whenever the call came despite the lengthy lay-off:
“How he has prepared himself over the last number of weeks has been fantastic – everyone knows the depth of his quality and his attitude. Once he gets back on the field again he will show what he has shown since he’s been here.”