Brendan Rodgers is ready to pitch Luis Suarez into the bearpit atmosphere of Old Trafford when his ban ends next week.

Liverpool boss Rodgers has confirmed he is considering playing Suarez in next Wednesday's Capital One Cup trip to arch-rivals Manchester United - the first game he will be eligible for after serving his 10-match bite ban.

The striker would be guaranteed a hostile reception from United fans will never forgive him for his racial abuse of their defender Patrice Evra in 2011.

Rodgers is undeterred though.

When asked if he would throw Suarez straight back in rather than wait for the Anfield giants' trip to Sunderland four days later he replied: “It would be something to consider.”

Rodgers has had the Uruguay international who was suspended for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic in April but has been able to play for his country and in pre-season on a tailored fitness programme designed to help him hit the ground running.

“We’ve been organising some games behind closed doors both in terms of in-house 11-a-side matches and bringing teams in” said Rodgers.

“He has been doing a lot of individual work specific to him on top of all that and replicating his high-intensity speed runs he would do in a game.

“It’s not the same as playing in a match but say he did 1000 high-intensity runs in a game he has been replicating that in training so that he’s at a level where we hope he will hit the ground running.

“The idea is that hopefully when he steps back in it will be seamless. Of course there will be a transitional period for him but I’m really looking forward to having him back.

“He’s working his socks off. He’s flushing himself out to the maximum to be as fit as he possibly can.”