Strike duo excite Liverpool boss Rodgers
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is expecting Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez to form a thrilling forward partnership.

Suarez, 26, ended his ten-game suspension by returning in midweek as Liverpool were knocked out of the League Cup by bitter rivals Manchester United with neither the Uruguayan nor the 24-year-old Sturridge on the scoresheet in a 1-0 defeat.

Rodgers is ready to pair them up again for the English Premier League visit to bottom-of-the-table Sunderland on Sunday.

And the Reds boss has no concerns that, despite Sturridge failing to add to his six goals this season at Old Trafford, the former Chelsea and Manchester City forward will be stifled by the return of Liverpool talisman Suarez.

"I think Luis's return will only improve Daniel," Rodgers said. "Good players want to play with other good players. They can be a real threat."

"It's not something that Daniel will be worried about," he continued. "Their focus is on the team doing well and it's my job to manage the dynamics of the team. I've got no worries about it."

Rodgers insisted he would not be using Suarez's return as a chance to rest Sturridge, with Liverpool one of a clutch of clubs who headed into the weekend on ten points, two behind leaders Arsenal.

"There is no taking Daniel out," Rodgers added. "Even when he's not 100 per cent fit he's still an amazing player. His pace and power is getting up to speed. He is a very important player."