Suarez finally makes return for Liverpool

STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Flying in the cup competitions and challenging for a top-four finish in the Premier League, Liverpool is a team brimming with confidence ahead of the long-awaited return of Luis Suarez for Monday's match against Tottenham.

The Uruguay striker was sorely missed initially while he served an eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, with Andy Carroll struggling to step up as Suarez's replacement.

However, the team's last three matches have seen Liverpool reach the League Cup final at the expense of Manchester City, eliminate fierce rival Manchester United from the FA Cup and then ease past Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 in the Premier League.

Third-place Tottenham will attempt to burst Liverpool's bubble at Anfield.