Liverpool legends wouldn't like club's Suarez stance - Wilson
Published 22:00 27/12/11 By Darren Lewis
Bob Wilson believes Liverpool's legendary bosses would have been unhappy with the club's handling of the Suarez affair.
The Reds continue to wait for the written reasons as to why Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez has been found guilty of using racially insulting words toward Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.
But there has been anger from the club after an independent panel hit Suarez with an eight-match ban pending an appeal.
Liverpool released an emotive statement in the immediate aftermath of the verdict, criticising Evra and the Football Association.
Boss Kenny Dalglish and his players also drew widespread condemnation for wearing t-shirts with Suarez's shirt emblazoned across them for their draw at Wigan last week.
Arsenal legend Wilson said: "Okay, you support your man. But I think Shankly and Fagan and Paisley - at this moment - would be saying, 'You got it wrong, guys. That is really not what Liverpool Football Club should be doing.'"
Dalglish has defended his club's conduct over their support for Suarez but his comments have failed to stem the tide of criticism with many believing the club are appearing to undermine the fight to kick racism out of football.
Speaking to lbc97.3 Wilson, who clinched the Double with Arsenal in 1971, added: "Liverpool like Arsenal had a way of doing things...
"All I would say is that they should never have gone down the road of those t-shirts."
Wilson also believes club legend Thierry Henry would give Arsenal's fans and players a "major lift" if Arsene Wenger were to re-sign him on loan.
The Gunners boss is set to make a decision by the end of this week as to whether he will make a move for the New York Red Bulls star.
Wenger showed last season that he was not averse to a shock move for an old-timer when he re-signed Jens Lehmann, keeper for the Gunners' famous Invincibles side, on loan as experienced cover for Manuel Almunia.
He decided against a similar move, however, for Patrick Vieira.
Yet Wilson believes Henry would inspire free-scoring Robin van Persie to even greater heights.
He went on: "I don't think Arsenal can lose out. I think it would be a great thing that Thierry would be there. I think also it would be a little bit of an inspiration to Van Persie.
"You only have to see the guys at the training ground when Thierry walks in. It sort of lifts spirits everywhere, because he's such a level-headed guy with an extraordinary record.
"I think that whereas with Vieria, Arsene thought, 'No, I don't want to risk [it at his] age' I don't think he would lose any status.
"People are saying, 'You don't want to lose legendary status.' Well, everybody knows why he's there.
"And in the same way that Wenger brought back Lehmann as a goalkeeper with his legendary status as a player in the 49 games they went unbeaten, I think it would be a huge lift for the fans.
"They need cover at this moment in time. I think it would be a good call."