Luis Suarez Reportedly to Be Rushed Back by Liverpool Private Jet for Everton

Ben Blackmore@@Blackmore_BRFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Fulham at Anfield on November 9, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Liverpool have underlined the importance of Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Everton by sending a private jet to fly Luis Suarez back from Uruguay.

Reds owner John Henry has clearly been encapsulated by the club’s excellent start to the season and will lay on his own aircraft to get Suarez home as soon as possible.

David Maddock of Mirror Football reports:

Suarez will lead his nation into a World Cup play off against Jordan in a game in Montevideo that doesn’t kick off until 11pm GMT tomorrow night (Wednesday). 

And that has prompted principal owner Henry to offer the use of his own plane, which will jet from his Boston home to South America to bring Suarez back to Merseyside a crucial day earlier.

The truth is Uruguay could do without Suarez entirely for Wednesday’s World Cup playoff second leg against Jordan, having established a 5-0 advantage in the first encounter.

However, Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez is aware that thousands of fans have bought tickets for the fixture and has therefore declared his intention to play a full team, per BBC Sport:

"We will play with the same formation to honour the Uruguayan fans who will fill the stadium next Wednesday, as I heard that 60,000 tickets were sold."

That means Suarez will not be able to fly back to Merseyside until the early hours of Thursday morning, ahead of kick-off 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Everton.

The South American has always been heralded by Rodgers for his ability to maintain top form despite his international commitments on the other side of the globe, but even Suarez might struggle to perform after one day’s rest.

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 01: Boston Red Sox owner and CEO, John Henry, watches the game courtside between the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks during the home opener at TD Garden on November 1, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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Henry is doing all he can, though, in order to keep the “SAS” partnership of Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in tandem for a game that could send the Reds to the top of the table.

The pair have netted eight goals apiece in the league so far, and Suarez has scored five in his last three outings.

Everton’s defence has conceded at a rate of less than a goal per game this term, so Liverpool will need all of Suarez’s trickery to pull apart a rearguard led by England’s Phil Jagielka.

The striker scored twice in a 2-2 draw last season, and Liverpool will hope their extraordinary efforts to fly him back will produce a similar return this weekend.