Suarez catches Kenny’s eye

The 24-year-old, a £22.8million arrival from Ajax last month,

had already scored on his debut as a substitute against Stoke. On

his second appearance for the Reds he hit the post and the crossbar

in a busy performance which caused Wigan’s defence numerous

problems in the 1-1 draw at Anfield. Prior to yesterday, Suarez’s

only competitive action in two months – due to a seven-match

suspension and Holland’s winter break – had been the 27-minute

substitute appearance against the Potters but he lasted the whole

game against the Latics. Dalglish admitted it was not ideal for the

World Cup star but was pleased with what he saw. “It was maybe

unfair to keep Luis on for 90 minutes because he’s not had too many

games but we kept hoping he would get a goal,” said the Scot. “His

energy and enthusiasm and movement is going to cause a lot of

people a lot of problems. “He never did anything which surprised us

because he didn’t do anything we’ve not seen before. “He is a good

footballer playing with good footballers so I am not going to be

surprised by anything that he does. “He will be a favourite with

supporters I think.” Suarez also received the support of fellow

South American Lucas Leiva. “He is a dangerous striker, you could

see that against Wigan and he worked really hard to help the team,”

said the Brazil international. “You could see his quality with the

free-kick (which hit the crossbar) and I am sure he will score a

lot of goals.” Lucas also praised Raul Meireles, who scored his

fifth goal in six matches before being forced off with sickness

just after half-time. “Raul is scoring a lot of goals,” said the

24-year-old. “He is playing in an advanced position with freedom

and he will have chances to score and we know he is capable of

that.”