LUIS SUAREZ has been declared fit to spearhead Liverpool’s attack at West Brom tomorrow as boss Kenny Dalglish ponders whether to recall skipper Steven Gerrard.
The Uruguay striker has recovered from the groin injury he suffered at Sunderland a fortnight ago which forced him to remain at Melwood for treatment during the international break.
Gerrard is also back in full training three weeks after undergoing groin surgery but Dalglish will take no chances with the midfielder who is ahead of schedule.
Jay Spearing’s impressive display at the Stadium of Light means the manager could opt to start Gerrard on the bench and ease him back gently.
“Luis is fine. He trained yesterday morning and is ready,” Dalglish said.
“Steven has recovered really well from the surgery he had so we’ll see how he is before we decide whether he’s in or out.
“He’s certainly done a lot of training this week. Not all the training the other lads have done but a lot of it.
“But at Sunderland wee Jay played really well. There is no need for us to be in a rush to bring Steven back.”
Martin Kelly was in contention to return to action at the Hawthorns five weeks after tearing his hamstring at West Ham.
However, the young right-back is now back on the treatment table after pulling up in training and Dalglish doesn’t know if Kelly will play again this season.
“It’s disappointing for everybody,” Dalglish said.
“Martin was so close to getting back to where he was. He would have been available for this weekend.
“I honestly don’t know about the rest of the season as we don’t know the full extent of the injury yet.”
Suarez is set to line up alongside Andy Carroll, who scored his first England goal against Ghana on Tuesday night.
Gerrard believes the duo represent the “most feared strikeforce” in the top flight and Dalglish has high hopes for their blossoming partnership.
However, the boss admits with 6ft 3ins frontman Carroll up front the Reds must get the balance right and not slip into the trap of playing too direct.
“I don’t think Steven is a bad judge if he thinks Andy and Luis are a very strong strikeforce,” he said.
“We know what Andy Carroll is about and we know what his assets are. Sometimes when you’re struggling a bit it’s a great asset to have but we’ve got to pick and choose our moments.
“It’s up to us to get to know Andy, and Andy to get to know us. I don’t think we’ve done too badly in the game and a bit he’s played for us (in the league).
“We were better the second time than we were the first. We’ve got intelligent footballers here and Andy is not unintelligent himself so I’m sure they’ll work out when is right and when is wrong.
“I’m sure they won’t get it right every time but they’ll get it right most of the time.”