Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Kenny keen to manage Suarez

Kenny Dalglish

Manager Kenny Dalglish accepts he is going to have to manage Luis Suarez carefully to make sure Liverpool see the best of the Uruguayan this season.

The Reds recorded a 2-0 victory at Arsenal on Saturday following the introduction of Suarez and Raul Meireles. The duo who combined in the build-up to Aaron Ramsey's own goal and Suarez - who only recently returned from Copa America duty with Uruguay - then tapped in a second goal in the final minute.

"Last week (against Sunderland) maybe I was being a wee bit romantic with Luis," said Dalglish of the 24-year-old.

"It was unfair on him, he was coming back and was on such a high and looked sharp in training. I thought I would give him a game. Maybe last week it was the wrong decision from me.

"He still scored the goal, still played well, but he just never had the energy he normally has. Maybe we just brought him back a wee bit too soon."

"We have got to manage Luis' circumstances the same as we have everybody else's. There were another four or five lads there who we had for the first time.

"Raul Meireles has had a difficult pre-season with injuries so we have got to look after him as well as Luis."

Liverpool have spent millions strengthening the squad, which Dalglish believes can help them go better than last season when they failed to qualify for Europe despite rallying once the Anfield legend was back at the helm.

The Scot hinted there could yet be more comings and goings ahead of the transfer deadline, but is also content with the current group.

"It is inevitable that movement goes on in football," said the Liverpool manager. "If someone taps on your door for whatever reason... but if everybody stays here I don't have any problems."

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre