Tuesday 20 February 2018

Kenny Dalglish backs Liverpool to stand by Luis Suarez

'Some people have injuries you can't see and need help,' says former Liverpool boss

Dalglish brought Suarez to Anfield from Ajax in January 2011
Dalglish brought Suarez to Anfield from Ajax in January 2011

Darragh Collins

Kenny Dalglish has urged Liverpool not to turn their back on striker Luis Suarez.

The two-time Liverpool manager and former player declared in his Dailly Mirror column that, “just because a player does something wrong doesn’t mean you turn your back on them.”

This is the third time Suarez has been suspended for biting an opponent and many are beginning to lose patience with the player.

Yet Dalglish, who brought Suarez to Anfield from Ajax in January 2011, believes that more understanding needs to be shown to the 27-year-old.

“I think you will find that Liverpool will not turn their back on Suárez, whatever the ban Fifa have decided he must serve. Of course it will be a heavy blow if the club has to do without him for the opening months of the season.

“You can’t really ask any one person why what happened against Italy happened, because there is only person who knows and that is Luis – some people have injuries you can’t see.

“Sometimes, when people have something wrong with them, just because they don’t have a plaster cast on their leg, people think they don’t need help.”

Daglish also believes that the punishment was far too harsh on the Uruguayan,

 “When he was punished by the FA for the biting incident with Branislav Ivanovic and banned from domestic games, he was still allowed to play for his national team,” he added. “It seems a bit strange, then, that when he is banned for something he did with his national team, his club has to suffer, too.”

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