Kamis, 20 Oktober 2011

Liverpool behind Suarez

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has insisted that Luis Suarez has the support of the club in light of allegations he made racist remarks.
Manchester United full-back Patrice Evra made the allegations of racial abuse following United’s 1-1 draw with the Reds at Anfield last week, stating that the Uruguayan taunted him on several occasions throughout the 90 minutes.

"The only thing we’ll say and then that’s it, put to bed. The football club and everyone at the football club is totally and utterly fully behind Luis Suarez," Dalglish told reporters.

"There was an allegation after the game about him diving all over the place, and then the allegation from Patrice Evra, so the two things are quite emotive. We fully support the wee man and everybody at the football club does."

"The football club came out at the start of the week when it was done and made the position known and we won’t be adding to it."

"So we fully look forward to a complete, transparent report from the FA and we look forward to co-operating 100 per cent."

The Liverpool boss is also happy to have Steven Gerrard back in the starting line-up following a six-month lay-off with a groin injury and is hopeful the Anfield skipper’s injury problems are behind him.

"Well he's fit enough to play for us and that's all that concerns us," Dalglish said.

"We've waxed lyrical about Steven and what he's done for the club, and rightly so. Obviously the more games you play, the fitter you will get."

"But he's certainly fit enough to be considered to play for us."

"We are absolutely delighted he is where he is. Even more so, that he came back last week and scored a goal. We just hope he gets a run now and a bit of luck."

"We'll help everyone in the best way we can. Whether it's Steven or anyone else, we've got to manage everybody. Glen Johnson has had a tough time as well. He doesn't have the history and tradition that Steven has with the club, but he's still very important to us."

"We have helped Steven and everyone is delighted to be back. Hopefully we are helping Glen, Fabio Aurelio and anyone else who has been out."

Dalglish also stated he was pleased with how his team played against Rangers despite their 1-0 defeat in a friendly game on Tuesday, which he said was a necessary hit out for players needing match fitness.

"It was useful in some aspects. We gave some of the lads coming back to fitness a game and that's quite important for us, it's better than training," he said.

"I wouldn't say it was the best performance we have ever put in but we got some value out of it for some of the lads."

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