Dalglish on the defensive

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has again come to the defence of striker Luis Suarez, and has stated that the Uruguay forward is not a diver.

The South American attacker has been heavily criticised this season for his willingness to go to ground under challenge, with Sir Alex Ferguson amongst others commenting negatively.

This originated from Suarez’s reaction to a challenge by Jack Rodwell in the Merseyside derby, which saw the Everton midfielder sent off, before the decision was later overturned.

After Liverpool’s 2-1 victory over Stoke on Wednesday night, the Scottish coach defended the player’s attitude.

“He got kicked right at the end of the first half. He turned Jonathan Woodgate, Dalglish told the club’s official website.

“He made contact with him, but he tried to stay on his feet to take the chance. That’s where he hurt his leg. That just emphasises what we say about the wee man. He had the opportunity to stay on his feet (and did).”

Suarez scored both the goals in Liverpool’s victory and Dalglish was full of praise for his star striker.

“Well you are the ones who are supposed to have the qualifications in English. You’ve got better words than me.

“I ran out of words to describe him after a week when he came to our club. His first was a fantastic goal, but I don’t think you’d expect him to score with a tap-in would you?

“He could have taken one before that and maybe it would have been more comfortable for us, but it was worth waiting for,” he concluded.

Suarez and Liverpool take on West Brom on Saturday at the Hawthorns, and will be keen to put their last league outing behind them, as they drew 1-1 against Norwich at Anfield last weekend.

By Gareth McKnight