Time to put Suarez row behind us, insists Dalglish
Published 22:30 18/02/12 By Simon Mullock
Kenny Dalglish has promised that it’s business as usual as Liverpool attempt to draw a line under the Luis Suarez racism row.
Kop boss Dalglish and striker Suarez were both forced to apologise for their conduct during the week following the Uruguayan’s refusal to shake hands with Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
Liverpool’s American owners are furious that the spectre of racism continues to haunt the club almost four months after Suarez was charged by the FA for abusing Evra in a Premier League game.
But with the Reds facing Brighton in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday, before setting their sights on Cardiff in next week’s Carling Cup final, Dalglish believes that now is the time to bring an end to one of the most humiliating episodes in a great club’s history.
“It is business as usual for us now,” said Dalglish. “That doesn’t take away our focus or the appreciation for the support we have at this club.
“Everything has been dealt with, we have just moved on, and now we must concentrate on the football and make sure that our mind is fully focused on getting through the next round of the cup.
“I think everybody is now just concentrating on the game against Brighton.
“We have addressed everything we have had to address so we now just move onwards and upwards.”
Dalglish reacted angrily when asked about Suarez’s snub to Evra after Liverpool lost 2-1 at Old Trafford last week.
He subsequently apologised for his conduct – as did Suarez – but Dalglish insists that he has not been scarred by the episode. He added: “It’s not as if my wife Marina has left me, is it?
“She is still there, so I am a happy man. We just concentrate on the football, that is what we are supposed to do and that is what we will try and do.
“If we didn’t concentrate on football and try and prepare the best we possibly can, there are an awful lot of people who love this football club that we’d be letting down.
“We’ve absolutely no intention of doing that.
“Our fans have been fantastic – and they will be fantastic again against Brighton.
“Brighton will bring a few supporters and they are a decent side.
“We have played them already in the Carling Cup and we had a difficult game.
“I don’t think there is the same importance for the cup competitions that people had in the past.
“The league is now the main priority for most clubs and supporters.
“My most poignant memory of the FA Cup was obviously 1989, with Hillsborough.
“The first Merseyside final in 1986 was very special.
“It was a fantastic day for the city and both sets of supporters made it a great advert for the city of Liverpool.”