Suarez tells Kenny: 'I don't need a rest'
Published 16:30 07/09/11 By David Anderson
Luis Suarez has told Kenny Dalglish: "I don't need a rest."
The Liverpool boss has said he will give Suarez a breather if he senses the striker's busy summer is catching up on him.
Dalglish started Suarez on the bench at Arsenal and has brought in Craig Bellamy to cover for the tricky Uruguay star.
Yet Suarez insists he feels fine, despite having had only a week off after winning the Copa America and having just returned from a 3,300-mile round trip to Kharkov to play Ukraine.
"I want to play in all the games I can for Liverpool," he said. "I don't want any rest at all. Despite only having that week's training before playing again, I'm only 24 so I felt good.
"I was glad to get back to training at Melwood as I had been missing that whole atmosphere around the training ground and wanted to get back to playing at Anfield. So it was really special for me to get back."
Suarez hasn't shown any signs of flagging and has either scored or had a hand in six of Liverpool's nine goals during their impressive start to the season.
The £22.5million hitman isn't worried that his opponents now know all about him and says he can still outfox them.
"When a defender studies you, it almost makes it easier because you just don't do what he expects you to," he said.
"If he thinks you're going to go to your right, you go to your left and so on. You just keep switching it round so you're hard to read. It keeps you on your toes, but really it's harder for the defender because he doesn't know what you're going to do.
"I don't set a goals target and I never really have personal goals, just collective goals for the team. That is far more important than what I do myself. It is about team targets."
Liverpool's target this season is to return to the Champions League and Suarez feels they have the players to achieve that goal - and more - after Dalglish's overhaul of the squad.
"We want to get Liverpool back into the Champions League and maybe win a cup," said the former Ajax hero. "But we also want to get as high as we can in the league. It might be a little bit early, but if there's a chance to win the league, we'll go for it.
"Bringing all the players in is very positive and I hope they can help return Liverpool to where they should be, which is aspiring to win league titles.
"All the players have that same ambition. I know that after winning the Copa, I want to win things with Liverpool.
"Kenny is the one who has signed the players, but those players have all come to Liverpool with the same ambition to make the club win again.
"Nobody comes here with any airs of being better than anybody else. They come with the idea of playing in the team and making the team, the squad and the club better."
Suarez is pleased with Liverpool's return of seven points from their first three games and claims they must maintain this form at Stoke on Saturday.
"Overall, our start has been good," he said. "The first half against Sunderland was superb, fantastic. In the second half, we tired a little bit, but, of course, that was the first game of the season and it's always difficult playing against teams in the opening game.
"But again, I felt we looked stronger at Arsenal and played well for longer. I'm very confident that we are going to carry on reaching those standards this year."