Luis Suarez
Liverpool's Suarez heads the ball to score during their English Premier League match against Queens Park Rangers at Anfield in Liverpool. REUTERS

Luis Suarez will be the subject of intense scrutiny on Monday night as he makes his return from an eight-game ban when Liverpool take on Tottenham.

The Uruguay international could feature from the start as Kenny Dalglish looks to capitalise on Chelsea's draw against Manchester United on Sunday and keep the Reds' Champions League hopes alive.

For Tottenham, Liverpool's unbeaten home record presents a major obstacle to their pursuit of the two Manchester clubs at the head of the Premier League table.

But, with six wins in their last eight games against Liverpool, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will be hoping for a repeat of last season's 2-0 victory at Anfield when the two sides meet tonight.


Suarez has not played since Boxing Day but could be thrust into attack alongside Andy Carroll and Steven Gerrard, with Dalglish eager to build on last week's 3-0 victory against Wolves.

Jay Spearing and Gerrard both returned for the midweek trip to Molineux, so Lucas Leiva is Dalglish's only long-term injury concern.


Jermain Defoe (hamstring), Rafael van der Vaart (calf) and Emmanuel Adebayor (ankle) are all doubtful for tonight's trip to Merseyside so deadline-day signing Louis Saha could make his Tottenham debut this evening.

Aaron Lennon (hamstring), William Gallas (calf) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) are unavailable but Kyle Walker and Ledley King could return.

Liverpool possible XI: Reina; Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Enrique; Henderson, Adam, Gerrard, Downing; Carroll, Suarez.

Tottenham probable XI: Friedel; Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto; Kranjcar, Sandro, Parker, Bale, Modric; Saha.