Dalglish wants Suarez to savour win over QPR
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish saluted Luis Suarez after the Uruguay striker ended a testing week with the winner in a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on Saturday.sports Updated: Dec 11, 2011 08:38 IST
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish saluted Luis Suarez after the Uruguay striker ended a testing week with the winner in a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Anfield on Saturday.
Suarez was charged by the Football Association for bringing the game into disrepute after an alleged obscene gesture towards Fulham supporters at the end of Liverpool's 1-0 loss at Craven Cottage last Monday.
The former Ajax player has also requested a personal hearing after being charged with making racist remarks towards Manchester United's Patrice Evra on October 15.
But Suarez set aside his off-field problems to score his first Premier League goal since October 1 and make headlines for the right reasons as Liverpool returned to winning ways.
"The headlines don't matter," said Dalglish. "But they'll be nice headlines for him tomorrow.
"He scored with a header which doesn't happen too often with him and played really well."
Suarez's fifth league goal of the season earned Liverpool a first home win since September 24 to lift the club up to sixth in the table -- three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
It looked like another frustrating afternoon for the hosts as they squandered a string of chances before Suarez struck in the second half.
"It was an excellent performance," added Dalglish. "We made a lot of chances and we got one and they didn't.
"I think some of the football we played in the first half was brilliant. The players showed belief in terms of passing, moving, getting in the box and creating chances.
"One day we're going to take them (chances)," the Anfield great added after a win that left Liverpool sixth in the table but 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.
QPR manager Neil Warnock, who had leapt to Suarez's defence before the game by insisting he did not deserve the abuse he received from opposition fans, labelled the Liverpool striker's performance "amazing".
"Oh to manage him," said Warnock.
"I'm disappointed with the goal but people like Suarez always find an extra half-a-yard. He looked amazing."
QPR have now lost four times in six league games and entertain reigning champions Manchester United on December 18.
But Warnock believes he saw enough from his players at Anfield to be positive about the future.
"I was proud of them," he said. "To be fair, Liverpool were the better side but if anything I thought their goal revitalised us -- it was our best spell after they scored.
"Most people in the ground probably thought we'd get hit by four or five, but we showed a lot of resolve."
Warnock played down an alleged post-match confrontation between Liverpool's Craig Bellamy and QPR's Liverpool-born midfielder Joey Barton.
Asked whether there was an incident, Warnock said: "Not really. There's usually aggro with Bellamy isn't there?
"The referee told me he thought Joey Barton's conduct on the field was fantastic in the last 10 minutes.
"He told me to tell Joey that. A lot of people try and wind him up, but he was excellent today in that respect."
First Published: Dec 11, 2011 08:35 IST