Published: 10:28 04/02/2012
Luis Suarez is available to return to the Liverpool line up against Tottenham on Monday night after completing an eight-match ban and captain Steven Gerrard believes the Uruguay striker can help the side clinch a coveted Champions League slot.
Liverpool last qualified to compete against Europe’s elite in 2009 when runner up to Manchester United and have since finished no better than sixth in the Premier League. Manager, Kenny Dalglish has invested heavily to build a squad capable of breaking into the top 4 and Suarez was one of his first recruits, signed from Ajax for £23million in January 2011.
Luis can help us achieve what we set out to achieve - finishing top four and reaching two finals, " Gerrard told the Daily Mail.
"I'm sure he will because he's a super player. Luis has shown over the last 12 months that he's one of the best players in the world. He has been missed and the players are looking forward to welcoming him back."
Liverpool still have plenty of work to do to catch fourth-placed Chelsea who have four more points at this stage, while high flying Tottenham harbour aspirations of winning the Premier League title and are currently in third position, two wins from the top. Monday’s game is crucial for both clubs when anything less than victory could be a damaging blow to their ambitions.
Sunday’s game between Chelsea and Man Utd will also have a bearing on the how the battle for the top four looks and it is possible Liverpool could find itself within a point of a Champions League slot on Tuesday morning.
Online bookie bet365 makes Liverpool 11/4 to qualify for the Champions League and bring a return to the great European nights so badly missed at Anfield.