Monday 23 October 2017

Suarez hits crossbar in cameo appearance

Liverpool's Luis Suarez is challenged by Atit Daosawang of Thailand during the friendly match in Bangkok
Liverpool's Luis Suarez is challenged by Atit Daosawang of Thailand during the friendly match in Bangkok

Luis Suarez hit the crossbar with a header after coming on as a second-half substitute for Liverpool in their 3-0 friendly victory over Thailand.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Suarez, a high-profile target of Arsenal, still had "some way to go" in fitness levels but would step up training as the season nears. "Suarez is very much a Liverpool player," he said.

Philippe Coutinho, who was the star of the show, new signing Iago Aspas and captain Steven Gerrard were all on target in a comfortable victory.

Liverpool hope to make further additions to their squad and have made a loan move for Benfica's highly prized left-back Lorenzo Melgarejo.

Rodgers has been searching for more competition on the left side of defence to challenge the inconsistent Jose Enrique and the versatile Melgarejo, who has also often been used as a winger, has caught his attention.

Liverpool want to secure an initial loan move with a view to a more permanent deal although a stumbling block could be securing a work permit for the Paraguayan.

Melgarejo was one of the stars of Benfica's run to last year's Europa League final, when they were eventually defeated by Chelsea.

Liverpool still have plenty of work to do for the rest of the transfer window, with Rodgers eager for new additions in defence and attacking midfield while also fighting to retain Suarez.

Meanwhile, Michael Owen said he would be surprised if Suarez opted for the Gunners in any potential move. "Arsenal are a fabulous club . . . I'd be very surprised if he were to move to Arsenal. Madrid or Barcelona would make more sense," he told the BBC.

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