Saturday, 28 June 2014

Liverpool must help Luis Suárez, believes Kenny Dalglish


• Dalglish says club will not turn its back on striker
• ‘Some people have injuries you can’t see’
Kenny Dalglish and Luis Suarez
Kenny Dalglish, who brought Luis Suárez to Liverpool, believes the club must help
 him control his emotions. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish is confident the club will not turn their back on Luis Suárez, but believes the striker needs help to control his emotions.
The Uruguayan was banned by Fifa from being involved in any football-related activity for four months after biting the Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in their World Cup clash earlier this week.
It is the third time Suárez has been suspended for biting an opponent and Liverpool have faced calls to cut their losses with the controversial striker, despite his outstanding Premier League campaign last season, when he scored 31 Premier League goals in 33 matches.
Yet Dalglish, who brought Suárez to Anfield from Ajax in January 2011, thinks more understanding needs to be shown to the 27-year-old.
“It is my belief that when you bring a player to a football club, he becomes your responsibility. You don’t just turn you back on a player because he has done something wrong,” said Dalglish in his Daily Mirror column. “I think you will find that Liverpool will not turn their back on Suárez, whatever the ban Fifa have decided he must serve. Of course it will be a heavy blow if the club has to do without him for the opening months of the season.
“You can’t really ask any one person why what happened against Italy happened, because there is only person who knows and that is Luis – some people have injuries you can’t see.
“Sometimes, when people have something wrong with them, just because they don’t have a plaster cast on their leg, people think they don’t need help.”
Dalglish thinks the punishment is harsh on Liverpool as the incident was out of their control. “When he was punished by the FA for the biting incident with Branislav Ivanovic and banned from domestic games, he was still allowed to play for his national team,” he added. “It seems a bit strange, then, that when he is banned for something he did with his national team, his club has to suffer, too.”
The Guardian

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