Dirty Tackle

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says Luis Suarez is ‘champing at the bit’ to return

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Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is set to return from a 10-match ban on Wednesday, when he will be available for selection in the Reds' League Cup tie with Manchester Utd.

When asked for a comment on the Uruguayan's much-hyped return, Liverpool manager David Brent Brendan Rodgers offered the following to The Guardian:

"It has been a really difficult time for him not playing games.

"He's really champing at the bit to help the team. Everyone knows the depth of his quality and his attitude. Once he gets back on the field again he will show what he has shown since he's been here."

The phrase "champing at the bit" originates from horses that chew on their bit — often salivating excessively — when they are nervous, impatient or excited. This does not seem like the smartest idiom Rodgers could have used to describe Suarez's eagerness to return: not only is his dental work reminiscent of an equine Freddie Mercury, but he is coming back from a highly publicized ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, which is the second time he has been banned for biting in his career.

While Rodgers retreats to work on his next comedy routine (hopefully it will have something to do with envelopes again), here are some other things that Suarez has been "champing" at while sitting on the Anfield sidelines...

A giant Bratwurst, in order to try and impress potential suitors at Bayern Munich...

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A cigar from John Henry's stash...

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Martin Škrtel's Arrested Development DVD box set...

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A fake Rolex that Lucas Leiva sold him, and which has become impossible to remove...

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And his limited-edition Brendan Rodgers action figure (coming to a store near you soon)...

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