Belfast Telegraph

Dalglish defends Suarez

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has rounded on the critics of Luis Suarez by suggesting it is their integrity and not the player's which needs questioning.

After last weekend's 1-1 draw at home to Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson suggested the Uruguay international was prone to diving. Suarez seemed to be on the wrong end of a couple of decisions in the 1-1 draw against Norwich, most notably when he went down under a second-half challenge from Marc Tierney when he looked to be clear on goal.

However, Dalglish fully supports the striker, and said: "I think the problem is there are people who question Luis Suarez's integrity. It is their integrity that needs questioning not his. On the football pitch he is exemplary, a fantastic footballer and we have 100% faith in Luis Suarez and the way he conducts himself."

Of the 1-1 draw Dalglish added: "I think on the balance we deserved to take three points. We played really well up to a point, created some great chances with some good passing and movement but when you are only one in front it gives them some encouragement.

"They were hanging on in there but if we don't convert our chances we are always going to give other people a chance and they took it."

Norwich ended a run of four successive defeats to Liverpool and made it 10 points from the last five matches and manager Paul Lambert hailed the draw as "massive".

"I thought the first half we were a bit frightened by it and never really got going and Liverpool put us under immense pressure but the way the lads defended was great," he said.

"The second half we played the way we have been [doing] and I thought we went at them and were excellent.

"There have been some fantastic teams come here and get turned over.

"It is massive, that is a huge point. No-one gave us an earthly [chance] coming here."


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