Dalglish happy Suarez is back

Liverpool boss says it would have been unfair to start striker

Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker returned from an eight-game ban as a substitute against Tottenham

Luis Suarez: Liverpool striker returned from an eight-game ban as a substitute against Tottenham

Kenny Dalglish was delighted to welcome back Luis Suarez from an eight-game suspension after reiterating his view that Liverpool should never have been without the striker.

Suarez served the ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra and he made his comeback as a substitute in Monday's 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

Dalglish believes it would have been unfair to start the Uruguayan following his absence, but was pleased with Suarez's contribution.

"We don't think he should ever have been away but we are delighted to get him back."

Kenny Dalglish

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"We don't think he should ever have been away but we are delighted to get him back," said the Liverpool manager.

"He has not played since December, so it was a wee bit unfair to throw him straight in.

"We are looking forward to working with him. He has had half an hour and that will have done him the world of good - it is better than anything we could have done at Melwood."

Determined

He added: "For me, Luis Suarez doesn't have anything to prove to anyone at Liverpool FC.

"Every game he plays he is determined to make an impact. He is just that kind of person.

"When you see him getting on the ball, you always think he is going to do something that will be beneficial to the team.

"Other than that, I don't know what else I can say."

Suarez was booked late on for kicking Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker, which prompted United striker Wayne Rooney to tweet that the challenge warranted a red card.

TV pundit Gary Neville echoed that viewpoint, but Dalglish commented: "He just never saw him."

Then, when informed of what had been said he replied: "Who said that? Why don't you tweet Wayne back and give him your answer.

"I don't have a view on what they have tweeted, especially when I have not seen it. If Neville or Wayne were standing there and asked me the question, I could answer them.

"I don't think you can speak for either Gary or Wayne so unless they want to ask me the question, I will just plead the fifth amendment."