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Jamie Carragher: Luis Suarez' return will cause Brendan Rodgers selection woes
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool will find it hard to play Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge together.
Last Updated: 17/09/13 9:36am
Sturridge scored his fourth goal of the season in the Monday Night Football game between Liverpool and Swansea which ended 2-2.
But the imminent return of Luis Suarez from an eight-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic last season could see the in-form Sturridge battling for his place in the side.
Carragher told MNF:"Luis Suarez will have to play, he's a world-class player. It will be interesting to see whether he [Rodgers] puts Suarez or Sturridge in to a wide position. I think he tried that a bit last year and it didn't work for me.
"It's all about getting Philippe Coutinho in the middle and that's where you'd expect Luis Suarez to play as well, but these are problems that Brendan Rodgers didn't have last season - selection problems.
"These are problems that managers say that want. It's something for them to juggle, but these are things he never had to contend with last season."
Liverpool currently sit at the top of the Premier League table after four games and Suarez could return for the Capital One Cup tie at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
Carragher believes Rodgers may have to tweak his formation in order to accommodate the Uruguayan's return.
"At times at the end of last season Brendan Rodgers went to a 3-5-2 formation and he's been thinking of Sturridge and Suarez because he's played one of them wide.
"I don't think either of them are really comfortable in that number 10 role, because if you are that you've got to put a defensive shift in. At times, if you're playing a good side one of them is going to have to drop on a holding midfield player.
"I think that is something to watch as the season goes on. Does he go with a front two? He normally likes to have three in his midfield, so I don't think it's as easy as throwing the two of them up front."
Suarez scored 23 Premier League goals last season, but was vocal in his desire to leave the club during the summer, after he attempted to push through a move to Arsenal in the transfer window.
Rodgers has already insisted that Suarez will not get any favoured treatment, saying: "Neither Luis or Daniel will be the main man. This isn't the type of club for egos. It's a club where players get told where to play."
Carragher backed the Liverpool boss' attitude, adding: "Brendan Rodgers will want the two of them to be able to play up top. He wants a numerical advantage in the middle of the pitch.
"If neither of them want to drop in it's going to be something they're going to have to look at, because they both have to play."