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Kenny lauds King Luis after 'Pool move into top six

KENNY Dalglish hailed another top performance from Liverpool striker Luis Suarez as his side moved back into the top six of the Premier League with a 2-0 win at Aston Villa yesterday.

Craig Bellamy and Martin Skrtel scored the first-half goals which sealed the Reds' fifth away win of the campaign.

But it was Suarez's sublime skills which inspired Liverpool even though his bad luck in front of goal continued as he again twice struck the woodwork.

He showed no ill effects at having to miss the bulk of training ahead of the game because of the Football Association hearing into his alleged racial slur against Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Dalglish said: "He's had a bad week. He's been three days sat in a hotel (at the FA hearing), so that's why we had to take him off (after 70 minutes).

"He only trained on Tuesday and Saturday and for for him to put in a performance like that was unbelievable.

"It speaks volumes for the man."

The FA expect to announce a decision on the Suarez charge on Tuesday but Dalglish said: "We can't comment on that. It's not my choice. We'd love to comment.

"I'm afraid we wouldn't like to prejudice anything.


"We've been respectful all the way through and I don't think at this stage we'd want to be accused of losing that respect."

Dalglish believes Villa fans would have been better served backing their own team rather than aiming constant abuse at their former winger Stewart Downing, who moved to Anfield in the summer.

He said: "Stewart is a great player for us and a strong character and that's what you need.

"It (the abuse) didn't affect him in any way, shape or form.


"Maybe from their point of view, it would have been better if they had given their team a little bit more support rather than jeer Stewart."

Villa were second best for much of the game in the absence of the suspended Gabriel Agbonlahor and strike partner Darren Bent, who picked up a thigh injury in training on Tuesday.

McLeish defended his decision to keep the Bent setback under wraps from the media ahead of the game.

He said: "Darren had a scan during the week. It confirmed he had a grade-one injury, I didn't reveal it because I wanted to keep things back from Liverpool.

"You have to understand that. I didn't want Liverpool knowing our starting line-up.

"If players are injured, I don't necessarily think we have to declare that they are injured."

McLeish added: "Without doubt, we lacked that cutting edge after losing two of our top players.

"It's difficult. We have a lot of youngsters, we are going through a transitional phase, trying to stabilise things a little bit, and that made it tougher for us.

"But it's always a challenge and sometimes the determination and the will can overcome the skill, which Liverpool had in abundance. In the end, Liverpool had too much nous and experience and players who can make a difference."