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Friday 31 October 2014

Reds call Suarez for Italian job

LUIS SUAREZ will make his first European appearance away from Anfield for Liverpool against Udinese tomorrow, with manager Brendan Rodgers ready to field a full-strength team for the club's Europa League decider.

Liverpool, who are second in Group A, travel to Italy knowing they must match the result gained by Swiss club Young Boys against Guus Hiddink's Anzhi Makhachkala to progress to the knockout stages.

And having rested Suárez for Liverpool's trips to face Young Boys in Bern and Anzhi in Moscow, Rodgers has told the Uruguayan forward that he will be required against the group's bottom club.

Suarez, Liverpool's leading goalscorer this season with 13 goals in all competitions, will miss Sunday's Premier League game against West Ham at Upton Park because of suspension, thereby nullifying the need to be rested again in Europe.

Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Daniel Agger clams that the team will travel to Udine with confidence returning to the club under Rodgers.

"Confidence is a big thing here and we have it," Agger said. "We are brave on the ball, we want to go forward. We aren't just playing it around. That's a big difference from last season. There is more control and we are creating more chances than last season. It's difficult to compare two seasons but the feel when I'm on the pitch is that we are creating more chances."

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