Monday 06 February 2012

Dalglish delighted to have Suarez back

Liverpool manager keen to have Uruguayan playing with Gerrard and Carroll

Luis Suarez has scored nine League since joining Liverpool from Ajax last January

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish says is he looking forward to the prospect of having forward Luis Suarez available for Monday night's mouthwatering Barclays Premier League clash against Tottenham.

Suarez has not played since the Boxing Day draw against Blackburn having received an eight-match ban after being found guilty of racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.

The 25-year-old is now available for selection again and although Dalglish refused to confirm whether Suarez would start against Spurs, the manager said he is keen to have the Uruguayan playing in tandem with striker Andy Carroll and midfielder Steven Gerrard.

"It's a really difficult game for us but it will be a fantastic evening and a great occasion for everybody"
- Kenny Dalglish

"I've been told the three of them have only played just over 60 minutes together," Dalglish told the club’s official website (www.liverpoolfc.tv).

"For various reasons I don't think they've had a great deal of time to play together on the pitch, but the West Brom game away in October comes to mind that Luis and Andy did well.

"Luis played Andy in for a goal that day and so we hope to see more of them together. I am happy we've got all the strikers fit and available at the moment. Within the team partnerships will develop."

Liverpool will not have too many fond memories of the last time they faced Tottenham, when they suffered a 4-0 defeat and had Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam sent off.

And Dalglish said that match will be in the back of his players’ minds ahead of the return fixture at Anfield.

“Nothing is completely forgotten about," added Dalglish. "Everything that you have learned and experienced you have in the bank and if you have to use it you use it.

"We went there and lost a wonder goal to [Luka] Modric and Charlie Adam got sent off early on so it was always going to be uphill from there.

"It was certainly not a pleasant trip but there are positives you can take away from anything.

"All the time it is educational and whatever you have learned you use to your benefit as best you can."

"It's always a big game at Anfield, they've had some great results and it will be tough"
- Scott Parker

Tottenham are in the title hunt after losing only four games all season and with Liverpool fighting for a place in the top four, Dalglish believes the match will be one to savour.

"They were unfortunate at the beginning, they had a couple of difficult fixtures and got beat by Manchester United and Manchester City,” said Dalglish.

"Since then they have kicked on and they have been as good as anyone in the League.

"It's a really difficult game for us but it will be a fantastic evening and a great occasion for everybody."

Midfielder Scott Parker made his home debut for Spurs in that 4-0 victory over Liverpool in September and the 31-year-old has warned his side to expect a backlash from the men in red.

"I'm sure they will want to make amends for earlier in the season," Parker told the official Tottenham website.

"It's always a big game at Anfield, they've had some great results and it will be tough. They have quality all over the pitch, all in good form, so we know it will be difficult.

"We'll prepare right, we'll be ready and we know what's in hand. We have to go there and deliver."

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Key Points

  • Luis Suarez is available again after eight-match ban
  • He could play in Liverpool's League match against Tottenham on Monday
  • Liverpool keen to play Suarez in tandem with Andy Carroll and Steven Gerrard