Saturday 20 January 2018

Suarez sulk just shows his commitment -- Dalglish


The visits of Wolves to Anfield seem to have the same effect: an unconvincing Liverpool performance which concludes in an outburst of bitter frustration and brooding discontent.

Nine months ago, it was the terraces and the boardroom: the former crying for the removal of Roy Hodgson, the latter eventually heeding the call. This time, the histrionics only fell to Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan does not, it is fair to say, enjoy being substituted.

His face crumples, his head shakes, he grumbles into his shirt, he kicks bottles, he slouches into his seat. It should not be taken as a sign of his unhappiness with life at Liverpool. Far from it. Suarez is just being himself, and few in these parts would change a thing.

"He wants to be involved all the time," said Kenny Dalglish, the man who replaced Hodgson, the messiah appointed by the Kop the last time Mick McCarthy's team came here. "He wants to play for as many minutes as he can and he wants to score."

It is an attitude which the Kop cherishes to such an extent that Dalglish, a man who knows of these things, feels Suarez is not simply on the path to joining him in Anfield's pantheon, but there already.

Indeed, perhaps the only reason the 24-year-old cannot be considered as being seated next to the Scot himself is his evident aversion to sitting anywhere, at all.

"He is not just on course," the Liverpool manager said. "He has arrived. He was there when he scored his first goal after coming on against Stoke. The fans have taken to him because he is genuine, 100pc committed. They love players like that."

It was not simply that he scored the decisive goal here -- an electric effort which left Christophe Berra seeing stars before it reduced Wayne Hennessey to grasping air -- after Charlie Adam's hopeful long-range effort was deflected home by Roger Johnson.

It is that he is the very embodiment of that virtue which Uruguayans pride themselves on more than any other -- garra charrua.

Canniness, courage, unquenchable will-to-win, a characteristic which means he chases down lost causes, hares after defenders in possession, marrying the technical excellence which produced his goal and two other chances to ferocious work ethic and vivid imagination.

"He was awesome," said McCarthy, whose team were given hope when Steven Fletcher pulled a goal back just after half-time. "He is something else. I said to Kenny that he never does what you expect him to do. You think he's going to shoot and he cuts it back. You think he is going to come short and he cuts in behind.

"You never know how to play him. He is just a bloody good player. In the second half we played it by the seat of our pants against him, which is why we probably deserved to get something."

It was a fair assessment. At times, Liverpool were no better here than they were the last time Wolves were in town. The visitors dominated vast swathes of the second half. The only reason the outcome was different was Suarez. He ended the game indignant so Anfield did not have to. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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