Suarez happy to be back at Liverpool ahead of new season

Fresh from signing a new contract with the Reds, the Uruguayan is looking forward to playing under Brendan Rodgers and hailed his London 2012 experience despite the disappointments

Luis Suarez has spoken of his happiness to be back at Liverpool following his Olympic Games exploits, and says he is raring to go ahead of the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

The former Ajax man celebrated his return by penning a new long-term contract to end speculation linking him with a move away from Anfield.

The striker will now return to first-team training and could feature in Liverpool’s Europa League second leg against FC Gomel.

Suarez told the club’s official website: "I'm happy to be back. Training is going fine. It had been a long time since I'd last seen the boys and the people who work at Melwood, so it's been great to do that in the last few days. I am happy because I have come back and I am training for the start of the next match.

"I am fit and I can play [on Thursday], but it's not my decision - you'll have to ask the manager!”

Suarez has spent the past three weeks on Olympic duty with Uruguay.

The South Americans' attempt to reach the final ended sooner than expected following a 1-0 defeat to hosts Great Britain the their final group game, but the striker has hailed the experience nonetheless.

He continued: "When you go to play with the national team it's very important, but I also had 20 days holiday with my family. After that, I started at the Olympics and tried to do my best for the national team, but I came back [to Melwood] a little quick. We hoped to play better, but we were unlucky.

"It was nice for me to be captain. To be captain of my national team is unbelievable and to play at the Olympics was good for me.

"I am still a boy. I am 25-years-old. I think when you say, 'I am tired' it is an excuse. I live for, and love to, play football. I am never tired."

Suarez also has managed to meet new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for the first time on Monday, and says he has been impressed with what the former Swansea City boss brings to Anfield.

"He is a good person,” he added. “I spoke with him last week and he spoke fantastic to me. We know what he wants - he wants us to play with the ball all of the time and it's very important. We try our best in training and we hope to do so in the matches, also.

"He wants us to play with the ball all of the time. He tells us he wants 70-minute or 90-minute concentration all of the time in training. This is very important.

"I am enjoying training and happy with it. It's important for players to play with the ball all of the time - and with the manager that's what we're trying.

"I think he is a good manager and I was impressed with the work he did with Swansea last season. We played them twice and they tried to take the ball from us in good positions with lots of pressure.

"I think Brendan will try the same with Liverpool and we will all try to do our best."