Luis Suárez ‘is targeted by opponents because of his ability’

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has defended striker Luis Suárez after he was charged with improper conduct by The FA

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Luis Suárez was charged with improper conduct by the FA Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Kenny Dalglish has once again leapt to the defence of Luis Suárez after the Liverpool striker was charged with improper conduct by the Football Association.

The Liverpool manager claims Suárez, who was pictured making an alleged obscene gesture during Monday’s defeat at Fulham, has been victimised by football authorities and opponents.

Suárez has already been charged by the FA following allegations he racially abused Patrice Evra during the 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Anfield in October.

But Dalglish claims the Uruguay international is targeted by opponents who attempt to rile him during games because they are struggling to contain his attacking threat.

“Luis is a fantastic footballer [and] people find it difficult to play against him. If they cannot beat him on the pitch because of his ability, they will try to get into people’s minds – and that’s what they try to do,” Dalglish told a news conference on Thursday.

“The people that have any favour towards Liverpool Football Club will get right behind Luis Suárez and give him all of the support he deserves.

“We are lucky that he is a fantastic footballer and he is playing for us. So we’ll help him as much as he can.”

Dalglish said he had not spoken to his striker about the charge. He continued: “I’ve seen the picture and that’s about it. We’ll have a discussion with him first and decide what will happen. We’ll take it from there.

“There’s nothing else we can say because if we do it will be prejudicial. There’s been at least four incidents that we’ve picked out where nothing has happened – not even a charge. We’ll wait and see.”

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