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Suarez Returns to Action in Port Vale Friendly

Flying under the radar, Luis Suarez returned to action for Liverpool today by scoring in a behind-closed-doors friendly against League Two's Port Vale.

Stanley Chou

It wasn't so long ago that Luis Suarez looked to have played his last match in a Liverpool shirt, with the striker pushing for a move first away from England and then for a move to anywhere with Champions League football. There was talk of release clauses and statements from the club's owner and for a time Suarez was barred from training.

Suarez may still find himself set to play football somewhere other than Liverpool when the transfer window closes on September 2nd, particularly if Real Madrid were to mount a serious late effort for the striker. For now, though, he remains at Liverpool. And, sneaking in under the radar, today he once again played in a match for the club that pays his wages. He even scored a goal.

The match in question was a quietly arranged, behind-closed-doors friendly against League Two's Port Vale, and Suarez scored the first goal with Brendan Rodgers looking on. Meant to give Liverpool's fringe players a bit of action—and which goes some way to explaining the lack of such players in Liverpool's squad against Notts county on Tuesday evening—the game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Port Vale leading twice.

Now, if Luis Suarez does end up departing the club before the close of the transfer window, his final game and goal for Liverpool will provide the odd bit of trivia: Against Port Vale, in a friendly that nobody outside the club will likely ever see footage of.

Adam Morgan scored Liverpool's second to salvage the draw.

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