Suarez coping well – Adam

Ever since Patrice Evra made allegations that he was racially
abused by the Uruguayan back in mid-October, the striker has rarely
been out of the spotlight. He has been targeted by opposition
players and fans alike, who feel he goes to ground too easily, and
when Suarez responded with an alleged offensive gesture after the
defeat to Fulham earlier this month he found himself facing a
misconduct charge. Any punishment for that offence, with the
Football Association still awaiting a response from the individual
and also the club on a charge of failing to ensure their players
conducted themselves in an orderly fashion, would most likely pale
into insignificance against the eight-match ban already handed to
Suarez. Since the 24-year-old was found guilty of using insulting
words to Evra – which included a reference to the Manchester United
defender’s colour – on Tuesday the focus on him has gone to a new
level. Chants of “racist” and “cheat” were commonplace during the
Reds’ goalless draw at Wigan but Liverpool and their players – who
issued a joint statement and wore T-shirts backing their team-mate
on Wednesday night – are standing by Suarez, with an appeal almost
certain to be lodged. And Adam praised the way the striker is
dealing with the situation. “You saw how he coped with it. That is
the way it is,” said the Scotland midfielder. “He is a top player
and you don’t get voted for the Ballon D’or if you are a bad
player. “He is a very exciting player and is a good character to
have in the dressing room and we are glad he is at Liverpool and
nowhere else. “We want to just talk about the game because that is
the important thing and everything else is something you deal with.
“As a group of players we are fully in support of Luis, have made
the statement and everyone knows how we feel. “That is what we
discussed and that is the way we will go from now on.” Defender
Daniel Agger insists football remains the most important matter for
the players despite their very public show of solidarity for
Suarez. “That is not on our mind. We are playing football and that
is most important, we don’t think about that stuff,” said the
Denmark international. “The squad is together, that is the way it
is. It (support for Suarez) has never been in doubt. “Of course it
is second nature to back our friend but the most important thing is
to win football games – it just wasn’t a big success at Wigan.”
Suarez’s lawyer back home in Uruguay has already said the player
will lodge an appeal but he has not been involved in the process at
any stage and Liverpool’s legal team will make the final decision.
But they will not do that until they have combed through the
written verdict of the independent regulatory commission and they
are not expected to receive the full paperwork for at least another
couple of days. Once the document is in their hands the 14-day
period which the club then have to launch an appeal begins. Adam
could have helped deflect some of the attention on Suarez had he
slotted home a 50th-minute penalty, which the Uruguay
international’s overhead kick had won after Gary Caldwell handled,
but Latics goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi saved to earn his side a
precious point. Four different players have now missed spot-kicks
this season with Adam’s effort in the win at West Brom the only
success. That has contributed to a disappointing scoring return of
just 20 goals from 17 matches, although that is not from lack of
chances. “I never thought I made a good connection with the penalty
and the keeper made a good save but I’m disappointed I didn’t
score,” said Adam. “I scored the last one I took and was confident,
but I missed it, but if the opportunity comes around again I will
be there to try to take another one. “We probably should have
killed the game off (at Wigan) but it is one of those things and is
difficult to take but we move on to Boxing Day (at home to
Blackburn) now.”