Dalglish hails Suarez
Updated Sunday, 11th December 2011
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish was delighted Luis Suarez was able to put some negative headlines behind him with the winner in Saturday's 1-0 victory at home to QPR.
The Uruguay international scored his first Barclays Premier League goal since October 1 with an unmarked header five yards out to end a run of four successive draws at Anfield.
Suarez has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently with a misconduct charge and an ongoing racism-related hanging over him, but Dalglish said: "The headlines don't matter - but they will be nice headlines tomorrow. He scored with a header which doesn't happen very often and he played really well. It was well deserved and well taken."
Goals may have been in short supply but Liverpool once again dominated the game and Dalglish was pleased with the display overall.
"It was an excellent performance. We had a lot of chances and we got one (goal), they never got any," he added. "One is enough when the others don't get an opportunity and the players showed great courage and belief in what they are doing to continue doing what they were doing well which was pass and move and creating chances."
Even in defeat QPR boss Neil Warnock paid tribute to the quality of Suarez.
"I'm disappointed with the goal. Luke (Young) has put his hand up in the dressing room because he was marking him at the corner and just lost him," he said. "But that is the quality of people like Suarez, they find half a yard and I thought he looked amazing today - oh, to manage him."
Warnock was pleased with the effort his side put in against a team he admitted was superior in quality.
"They pass it around for fun and with the players they've got they're going to cause any team a problem," he said. "They were the better side. Most people in the ground might have thought we'd go four or five down but we showed great resolve.
"I was disappointed in our last third but I can't be disappointed with the effort. I was proud of them. I thought the goal revitalised us and we had probably our best spell afterwards."