Dalglish welcomes Luis Suarez back

Liverpool manager has stated that he is happy to have Luis Suarez back in contention for the game against Tottenham on Monday night, and is relishing the opportunity to partner the South American with Steven Gerrard and Andy Carroll.

The Uruguay international will return to the Premier League fray against Harry Redknapp’s men, after serving an eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra in a clash against Manchester United.

Dalglish is glad to have his first-choice attacking trident available, and feels the trio can aid the Merseysiders’ continued progression.

“I’ve been told the three of them have only played 60 minutes together,” he said at a pre-match press conference, covered by Sky Sports.

“For various reasons I don’t think they’ve had a great deal of time to play together on the pitch, but the West Brom game away in October comes to mind that Luis and Andy did well.

“Luis played Andy in for a goal that day and so we hope to see more of them together. I am happy we’ve got all the strikers fit and available at the moment. Within the team partnerships will develop,” he stated.

The Scottish coach went on to hail the improvement within the club over the last 12 months, as The Reds look to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since they finished second in 2008-09.

“We’re excited with what’s happening here lately and I think everybody can say they have moved the club on a little bit,” the trainer continued.

“We’ve made good progress. And I don’t think we need to look so much at the results against the two Manchester clubs to justify it.

“There was progress all along. The squad’s much stronger now than it was last year – which is progress.

“We can’t look back on ifs, buts and maybes in terms of dropped points at home, but we’ve still a lot of football to play,” he admitted.

With Arsenal and Newcastle both winning over the weekend, the emphasis is on the Anfield team to match their rivals’ results to keep up to speed in the battle for fourth.

By Gareth McKnight