Luis Suarez focus: How did the Liverpool striker perform on his return?
The Uruguayan returned following his 10-match ban for biting
Thursday 26 September 2013
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez made his comeback from his 10-match ban in the 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Capital One Cup.
Here we take a look at how he did in his first competitive club match since April.
Understandably looked a bit rusty early on and on a couple of occasions was not even looking when a team-mate passed to him and his close control was lacking.
After a difficult few months, including trying to manufacture a transfer, some questioned whether he would be mentally up for the fight. Played the full 90 minutes, probably not at 100 per cent, but determination was never in doubt. Visibly angry when a late free-kick hit the wall and remained competitive to the end, fairly barging Jonny Evans off the ball to set up late chance.
Strangely reluctant to dribble and shoot as much as he had last season and over-complicated things in the penalty area when trying to involve other players. Shot over from tight angle in first half when he would normally have taken on defenders.
Encouraging re-introduction to the side but could have done with a bit more help from striker partner Daniel Sturridge as the burden seemed to be on the Uruguayan to create and score. However, did not look like his lengthy absence had left him that far off the pace and he should be up to speed fairly quickly.
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