Ex-Liverpool ace talks up Champions League spot

Luis Suarez

Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister reckons the return of Luis Suarez can help Liverpool push on and claim a Champions League spot this season, according to talkSPORT. 

Suarez made his first appearance for the Reds last night since receiving a ten match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic back in April.

The Uruguayan played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, and whilst he ended up on the losing side, McAllister saw enough to suggest his presence will help the Reds towards a decent season.

“He looked fit and sharp. The only thing missing was match sharpness which you can’t replicate at the training ground,’ McAllister said.

“You just have to play games. He needs two or three games to get back to the pace of the game and then he’ll be flying. Love him or hate him he’s a wonderful player.”

The Scot was also impressed with how Suarez linked up with in form striker Daniel Sturridge on his return, as Brendan Rodgers opted to play a 3-5-2 system in the hope of bringing out the best in both. And whilst Liverpool went on to lose last night, McAllister reckons the front two have Liverpool well on their way to competing for the top four once more.

“Liverpool pass the ball well and create chances. They’re well on their way to getting back into the top four, that’s the first target before they start thinking about winning the Premier League. It’s going to be a tough ask for them this season though because there are six teams chasing those top four spots.”