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Rodgers: Suarez is not on holiday

LIVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez (pictured below) serves the second of his 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic and while he will not be available again until late September at the earliest his manager Brendan Rodgers insists the striker will not be taking it easy.

"There is no holiday. The guy needs to go away and work and rehabilitate and hopefully come into next season a better player," he said. "He is getting all the support from the club and he is willing to work hard to be better."

Rodgers admits he is sad that he will soon be without another player, believing it is a shame Jamie Carragher will not be around next season after the "incredible" form he has been in.

The 35-year-old will play in his 30th and final Merseyside derby this weekend, after which he will have just two matches left in a distinguished career for the Reds.

When he runs out at Anfield tomorrow, Carragher will join an illustrious club of Ian Rush, Bruce Grobbelaar, Alan Hansen, Ian Callaghan and Ronnie Whelan to have played at least 30 times against the Toffees.

The centre-back is moving into TV punditry next season and Rodgers admits their gain is not only a loss to Liverpool but the game itself.

"I can't think of enough words to describe him. His performance level has been incredible," said the Reds boss.

"It (retirement) is such a shame because he probably could play on but he has already made his mind up."

For Bootle-born Carragher, a boyhood Everton fan, and club captain Steven Gerrard, from Huyton, the Merseyside derby is a significant event in the season.

"Everton is a massive game for Jamie, he's a boy from the city and Steven (Gerrard) as well," added the Reds boss.

"These are guys who have shown passion in every single game – but this one adds a little bit more for them. I am sure Jamie will want to play his last derby and finish it on a high."

Everton have not won at Anfield since 1999 and Rodgers will not want to be the manager who relinquishes that stranglehold.

"I never read too much into that stuff to be honest," he said.

"We went to Wigan this year and the team hadn't won there for a number of years and we played very well and won. We are expected to win our games at home."


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