Liverpool Club Focus – Dalglish and Reds fully support Suarez against Evra allegations

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish insists that the club is fully behind star striker Luis Suarez after Manchester United defender Patrice Evra accused the Uruguayan forward of making racial remarks during the derby last weekend. Suarez has denied the allegations and both parties are waiting for the Football Association to complete their investigation into the matter. French left-back Evra claimed that Suarez had called him racist names on a number of occasions during the match, but his failure to report the incidents to the referee when they allegedly occurred could be held against him. Media reports also suggest that Evra would need witnesses to confirm his version of events.

Liverpool are confident that their main man has done nothing wrong. Dalglish said: “The only thing we’ll say, and then that is it put to bed, is that this Football club and everyone at the club is totally and utterly behind Luis Suarez. There was an allegation after the game about him diving all over the place and then there was an allegation from Patrice Evra. Obviously the two things are quite emotive, but we fully support the wee man in both things and everyone at the club does.”

Meanwhile, the crafty Uruguayan international collected the Standard Chartered Player of the Month Award for September after topping a fans’ poll with 65% of the vote. Suarez also scooped the prize last month and he has certainly become a huge hit with the Kop since arriving at Anfield in January.

Speaking about the award, Suarez said: “I am very pleased because it is important for a player to have the supporters’ recognition that they are doing a good job. However, the main thing is that the team continues to pick up points. I think I can still keep improving and offer that little bit more. I am happy at how the team is playing as a whole, but from a personal point of view I’d love to be able to provide that bit extra for the team.”

Suarez will be looking to add to his tally of four Premier League goals this season when the Reds face newly-promoted Norwich at Anfield this weekend. The Canaries currently occupy a respectable ninth position in the table and are just three points behind Liverpool going into the game. Paul Lambert’s side has the chance to overtake the Merseyside outfit on goal difference if they can win by at least two goals.

Liverpool will provide a tough test for Norwich however, as they have shown good recent form and are unbeaten at home this season. Dalglish will have to decide whether Jay Spearing or Jordan Henderson replaces the suspended Lucas Leiva and the manager will also need to decide whether £35m man Andy Carroll is recalled to the starting line-up. The former Newcastle star did not feature against Manchester United, but he could return this weekend and add to the one league goal he scored against Everton earlier this season.

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