Brendan Rodgers says the striker will be firing from the first whistle
Suarez has been absent since being handed a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in April. The Uruguay international will be free from suspension after this Saturday’s Premier League visit of Southampton to Anfield.
And with Liverpool’s following game the blockbusting Capital One Cup tie at Manchester United next Wednesday, Rodgers has lifted the lid on the special programme that he hopes will see Suarez firing from the first whistle.
“The idea is that hopefully when he steps back in it will be seamless,” said the Anfield manager.
“Of course there will be a transitional period for him but I am really looking forward to having him back.
“He is working his socks off. At the end of sessions, he is having extra work tagged on relative to him and his position. He is flushing himself out to the maximum to be as fit as he possibly can. I am looking forward to it.”
Asked if Suarez would be back as soon as possible, Rodgers smiled: “It would be something to consider.”
Suarez’s imminent return is even more timely with the news that Philippe Coutinho will be sidelined for six weeks due to a shoulder injury.
Coutinho will undergo an operation having landed heavily on his shoulder following a foul challenge by Swansea City skipper Ashley Williams in the second half of Monday night’s 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.
Since the start of the season, Suarez has appeared for Uruguay in three matches and also featured in several specially-arranged behind-closed-doors friendlies, the most recent of which saw the 26-year-old come through 90 minutes against Burnley.
“We are trying to map out over the period he has been out,” said Rodgers. “We have been organising some games behind closed doors, both in terms of in-house 11-a-side matches and bringing teams in.
“In between that he has had international games as well to keep him ticking over.
“He has been doing a lot of individual work, specific to him on top of all that and replicating his high intensity speed runs that he would do in a game.
“It is not the same as playing in a match but say he did 100 high intensity runs in a game, he has been replicating that in training so that he is at a level where we hope he will hit the ground running.
“There are always other things in a game – the crowd and the anxiety you cannot replicate that in training – but what you can at least do is get him to a level of fitness so that his numbers are replicated and that keeps him at a high level.”
Rodgers, though, admits Liverpool have been holding Suarez back from travelling with the team to away games in recent weeks in the hope of keeping the player’s powder dry for his eventual return.
“Suarez loves the game,” said the Anfield manager. “If he doesn’t play the game, it kills him. Do you know what I mean? Any kid when they start to play, the integral part of it all is the game and that is what he is.
“So if you put him in an environment where he is smelling the smelling salts in the changing room it can be counter-productive.
“We have to keep him out of the way.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool have sold their entire 7,250-ticket allocation for next Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie at Old Trafford.