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.”